President Citizen

Toni Goffe, Author
Toni Goffe, Author Child's Play International $7.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-85953-787-2
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-85953-369-0
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-85953-788-9
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-85953-368-3
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-77056-9
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Part of the publisher's Life Skills and Responsibility series, this insubstantial volume provides a perfunctory look at what it takes to be elected president of the U.S., and what the job entails. Initially stating (wrongly) that ``Anyone can become President,'' the text then notes that it is easier ``if your ancestors came from Europe, if you are white and male and rich, and if powerful people are your friends.'' Readers are advised not to become president for the money, since there are easier ways to become rich: ``. . . as a captain of industry, as a banker, as the head of a crime syndicate.'' Such flippancy and occasional cynicism makes this a better choice for older readers at the older edge of within the intended audience. Though the book trivializes our country's highest office, its final pages nevertheless deliver a worthwhile message to all age groups: even if you can't yet vote, you can be a responsible citizen by discussing issues and letting your representatives in Congress know what you think. Ages 6-12. (Oct.)
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