I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference
I Voted: Making a Choice Makes a Difference
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Annotation: With the next presidential election upon us, this witty, nonpartisan book will help explain the concept of voting to the youngest readers. I Voted explains the concept of choosing, individually, and as a group, from making a simple choice: "Which do y ou like better, apples or oranges?", to selecting a class pet, to even more complicated decisions, like electing community representatives. You may not always get want you want, but there are strategies to better your odds!
Genre: Government
Catalog Number: #207389
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Bloch, Serge,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-4561-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-4561-5
Dewey: 324.6
LCCN: 2019010713
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
Bloch-s balletic ink line-punctuated with color washes and textural elements in red, white, and blue-and Shulman-s crisp prose means there-ll be no sleeping through this civics class. Beginning with simple personal choices (-Markers or crayons?-) and then a communal decision (deciding on a class pet) the creators explain the mechanics of voting and how to work for a specific result: -You can talk to people who want something different./ Maybe you will change their mind./ Maybe they will change yours.- The editorial cartooning consistently strikes a fine balance between gravitas and fancy: to show why voting matters, Bloch offers up two enticing doorways, one that reads -FREE FOR KIDS- and one that scans -NO KIDS ALLOWED!- Enjoining readers to engage in grown-ups- elections (-Listen. Read. Talk. Ask-), the text concludes with an overview of government branches. A simple volume with a vital message: -If you don-t vote, you don-t get to choose.- Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

School Library Journal
Gr 13 This delightful picture book introduces young readers to the process of voting. Readers learn that voters must gather information, have conversations with people who hold opposing views, and collaborate with others who want the same outcome. But win or lose, it's important to take an active part. Shulman's text compares voting for local, state, and national officials to more kid-friendly examples such as choosing an ice cream flavor or deciding on the class pet. Young voters are instructed to "Listen. Read. Talk. Ask. And tell someone who's old enoughto bring you along on Election Day." Bloch's cheerful red, white, and blue illustrations pair perfectly with the text, producing a joyful, engaging book that encourages responsible citizenship. Back matter makes these concepts even more concrete. Specific examples of how all three branches of government work are featured. Shulman reminds readers that civic engagement starts well before the age of 18. VERDICT Purchase for classroom and library collections to encourage the next generation of decision makers. Jen McConnel, Queen's University, Ont.
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* With the 2020 election around the corner, this simple yet edifying book will help younger kids understand what all the excitement's about. It begins with the most basic case for choice hich do you like better?" d goes on to explain that while some choices are easy (ice cream or onions), others (ice cream or cupcakes) might take more thought. From there, the book widens its scope to show voting for a classroom pet. You make your choice, but if too many people choose differently, you lose. Yet there are ways before the vote to change people's minds. The focus then goes even wider, explaining how governmental voting works, and though everything gets just a sentence or two, they are crisp enough to get the basics across (notes at the end extend the text). Adding punch are the ink drawings, highlighted with dabs of design and bright color. The clever cartoons add tons to the text, perhaps especially on the page where class pet arguments abound, with balloons over the kids' heads featuring the pet of choice. One tiny criticism: at the conclusion, a boy tags along to the voting place, and the final spread features him covered with stickers: "I Voted." Well, he didn't this time, but hopefully the importance of this will stay with him until he's 18.
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Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (1/1/20)
Word Count: 536
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 507936 / grade: Lower Grades

As we approach the 2022 midterm elections, this witty, nonpartisan book will help explain the concept of voting to the youngest readers.

I Voted explains the concept of choosing, individually, and as a group, from making a simple choice: "Which do you like better, apples or oranges?", to selecting a class pet, to even more complicated decisions, like electing community representatives.

You may not always get want you want, but there are strategies to better your odds!

Serge Bloch's effortless and charming illustrations paired with Mark Shulman's funny and timely text create a perfect resource for discussing current events with your children.

Backmatter includes information about the United States electoral process.

Selected for the CBC Champions of Change Showcase
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year!


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