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Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio
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Grace for President (2008)

by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Other authors: LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

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Summary: The book is about a girl named Grace who wants to run for President at her school. She notices that there has never been a female president and that spikes her interest in running for President. Her and another boy from school have an election and in the end, Grace wins!

Critique of Genre: Realistic fiction because students can have "elections" at school.

Age: Intermediate

Media: Tempra paint and watercolor paint ( )
  elissamcgeever | Apr 3, 2017 |
Good for vocabulary and to encourage students to fight for what they want. Also for president information and activities ( )
  rri002 | Mar 3, 2017 |
Grace For President is an amazing book with a great big idea. The big idea of this book is that girls/women can do everything a man can do. One reason I liked this book was the characters were well developed and believable. For example when the author is describing Thomas she says, "Thomas was the school spelling bee champion. His experiments always took a blue ribbon at the science fair. And he was captain of the soccer team." I think everyone knew that child growing up- the one who is good at everything and is the best. A second reason I liked the book was the plot is fictional, yet involves a lot of new knowledge for young readers. The author describes the electoral college, and shows what democracy is. For example, when the no one wants to run against Grace the teacher invites Thomas to run against her "in the name of Democracy." The author also explains to students what the electoral college is explaining that one of the candidates need 270 electoral votes. Finally my favorite thing about this book is that the book pushes readers to broaden their perspectives about norms. I think it's great this author had a girl win her class presidency, because we've never had a woman president and we need more books that push girls to do what they want and compete with men. ( )
  baileywysong | Nov 14, 2016 |
Grace For President is a about a girl named Grace who decides she one day hopes to be president after learning that the United States has never had a female president. At first, all of her classmates laughed at the idea, until their teacher announced that there would soon be a class election and that Grace could run for class president. Grace believed she wouldn't have any problems winning, until star student, Thomas Cobb, also announced his candidacy. The two run very different campaigns, Grace working hard to win over voters, and Thomas, hoping his reputation alone would be enough to get him elected. In the end, they, in addition to the rest of their class, learn important lessons regarding work ethic, and the idea that boys and girls can accomplish anything they set their minds' to. The book itself is important and relevant to young readers. It does an excellent job of promoting females in positions traditionally thought to be only for males, without degrading males or undermining their accomplishments. In addition, this book did an excellent job of not only centering the story around elections and politics, but actually going into detail and explaining the process of electoral votes and simulated their campaign to look like one an actual presidental candidate would run. Overall this book did an excellent job of teaching lessons both regarding the election process, as well as debunked many preconcieved notions regarding gender capability. ( )
  MadeleineJones | Sep 5, 2016 |
What makes this book extra special, is that this story plainly addresses gender equality and suggests that a woman for president would be a great idea. This book does not address race, (though Grace is one of a few black children in her elementary school class,) but that's okay because we live in a brilliant time where having a person of color as president is becoming the norm!
  Andrea_LaLonde | Aug 12, 2016 |
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For Grace, who asked the question "Where are the girls?" K. D.
For Angelic Ruiz, who I expect to be president in thirty-two years L. F.
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One Monday morning in September, Mrs. Barrington rolled out a big poster with all of the presidents' pictures on it.
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"Where are the girls?"

When Grace's teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school's mock election!  

Author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought--and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.
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When Grace discovers that there has never been a female U.S. president, she decides to run for school president.

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