So You Want to Be President is a lively, quirky title full of brief histories, trivia, anecdotes, successes and failures, and funny facts that show the human side of our presidents (while remaining respectful).
St. George provides interesting comparisons, anecdotes and trivia, and Small's lively caricatures add fun and interest. Extra pages at the end list presidents in order, with a sentence or two about each.
What a fun book! Children will catch the jovial spirit of the book and the message that presidents come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds.
Teachers and parents can use this book to start discussions on what qualities are and aren't important in a great President. It goes without saying that this book is great for teaching about our American presidents (esp given the helpful extra material at the back) but don't forget this gem on President's Day as well!
This book deservedly won a number of children's book awards and accolates, most notably:
- Caldecott Medal 2001
- New York Times Notable Children's Book 2000
- Publishers Weekly Best Book 2000
Level: Grade 2+ DRA
Level: 40 Lexile
Grade Equivalent: 4.2 Guided Reading: S
Below are sample illustrations from inside this book. David Small has
created entertaining, funny illustrations of the presidents without
being disrespectful. While we understand these small pages may be a bit
hard to read, they should give you an idea of the illustration style
and the amount of text per page.
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