The Voice of the People: American Democracy in Action

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A basic guide to voting and the election process in the United States

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Betsy Maestro is the author of the "American Story" series, illustrated by her husband, Giulio. She has also written several other non-fiction picture books, including the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out science books How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color? The Maestros live in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Grade 3-5?In describing "American democracy in action," the Maestros first explain how our system of government differs from those of other nations. Next there is a history of the Constitution and the amendments, a description of the three branches of government, and then a detailed section on how a presidential election works. The book is in narrative form, not separated into sections. Although one topic flows smoothly into the next, the arrangement makes it a little difficult to find information on a specific topic. However, as everyone scrambles for sources in this election year, it is nice to find a full explanation of the process here. Each step is covered, including political parties, primaries, conventions, voting, and the Electoral College. There is, however, a factual error concerning the House of Representatives. The text states, "The size of the House of Representatives changes with the population. As the population increases, so does the number of Representatives." Although that is the way the House was originally organized, the membership is now set at 435. The number of representatives a state has may increase or decrease according to population changes in that state, but the total number remains the same. The vivid, exquisitely detailed watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations have a great deal of appeal. They have the realistic detail of photographs, but are warmer and more inviting. It is unfortunate that a small mistake mars this otherwise well-done, handsome presentation.?Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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