Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Election time and new non-fiction

The midterm elections are "too much with us", as the Bard might say.  Bombarded by television and radio ads and dinnertime phone calls, most of us will rejoice that the season is over, no matter who wins next Tuesday.

The Youth Services department has just added a couple of series that can answer some of the questions that all of these ads might bring up.  What DOES a Senator do? or a Congressional Representative for that matter?  A new series called How Our Government Works looks at the jobs of senators, representatives, governors, mayors and even the president and describes what each position requires of the person holding it.  The books are written for elementary school students, in grades 3 through 5.

The Constitution is mentioned a lot in political debates and in political ads.   In the series Six Questions of American History, (written for grades 4 and up), one of the titles deals with the history of this important American document.  Who wrote the U.S. Constitution? and other questions about the Constitutional Conventions of 1787 by Candice Ransom provides a close look at the people who drafted the Constitution of the United States of America.  To read the entire Constitution, divided into sections and Amendments, go to this link  It is a VERY long document.

Other titles in the Six Questions of American History series deal with the history of canals in America, why the Pilgrims came to the New World, and why the Cherokees moved West. 

And parents, don't forget to vote next Tuesday!  May the best representative, senator, etc. win.

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