What Is the Legislative Branch? (Your Guide to Government)

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The legislative branch of the United States government represents the people and makes the laws which they live by. This book introduces readers to the House of Representatives and Senate, and the main players in both. Whips, committees, and filibusters are also discussed. A comparison to other legislative bodies in state and local governments, as well as in other countries, is also included.

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James Bow's first novel, The Unwritten Girl, introduced readers to the strange and compelling worlds of Rosemary and Peter in 2006. A transit enthusiast, urban planner, and freelance journalist, James lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife, poet Erin Noteboom.

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Gr 4-6–These volumes provide solid introductory material about the U.S. government. Each book discusses the purpose of each branch; the different positions, such as Chief Justice and Speaker of the House; the work done; and the strengths and the challenges of each branch and how they interact. The texts are clearly written, although there are a couple of instances in which they beg for additional information. For example, in Legislative, the author states, “Most people vote on Election Day. Others vote earlier.” (How? Why?) If “lawmakers do not vote the way whips tell them to...they can be punished.” (How?) The captioned photos are large and attractive. They also display currency by including Barack Obama, John Boehner, Jacob Lew, and other sitting or recent staff members. In Executive, the last paragraph under “Protecting America” stops mid sentence. Most pages include a “What do you think?” box that poses a comprehension or thought question. In addition, each book has a “Learning More” section. Overall these titles are acceptable additions to school collections.–Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, ALα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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