A sunny opener for more-nuanced overviews like Judith St. George and David Small’s classic So You Want to Be President...

WHAT IS THE PRESIDENT'S JOB?

A starter volume for newly independent readers curious about what presidents of the U.S. are supposed to do.

Singer presents both the basic responsibilities—meeting foreign leaders, working with Congress to pass laws, being in charge of the armed forces that “keep Americans safe”—and steady rounds of public appearances and speeches. She also lays out presidential qualifications (the Constitutional sort, anyway: “You must be at least 35 years old. No kids allowed!”), explains how election campaigns and voting work, and offers quick tours of Washington, D.C., and the White House. Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and a few other presidents from the distant past make cameos, but most of the big, bright photos feature Barack Obama and his immediate predecessors. A quiz and an invitation to presidential wannabes to answer the question “What would you do for the country?” close this presidential primer.

A sunny opener for more-nuanced overviews like Judith St. George and David Small’s classic So You Want to Be President (2000) or the newest edition of Eyewitness: Presidents (2017). (index, reading guide for parents) (Informational early reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 3, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4654-5749-3

Page Count: 48

Publisher: DK Publishing

Review Posted Online: Dec. 6, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2016

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A solid resource for a classroom or school library about a phenomenal Cherokee woman that feels a bit like flipping through...

WILMA'S WAY HOME

THE LIFE OF WILMA MANKILLER

From the Big Words series

This latest in Rappaport’s Big Words series highlights Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee girl who grows up to become “the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation.”

The opening text and accompanying illustration immediately place readers in “rural Oklahoma” on the Mankillers’ farm, where Wilma spends her early years in her “family of eleven.” Although poor in material wealth, the Mankillers are “rich in love and community,” and Wilma is raised with the understanding of Gadugi, the Cherokee “philosophy of helping each other.” When a new government policy relocates Wilma’s family into urban life in San Francisco, Wilma experiences the threat of acculturation. Yet despite that danger and other challenges during her early adult years, Wilma finds a new community at the Oakland Indian Center and creates opportunities to help other Native people until she finally returns to Oklahoma, where she goes on to accomplish her most memorable work. Rappaport has produced a thoroughly researched biography enhanced by Mankiller’s own words, and though it’s heavy with text, readers should find that Choctaw artist Kukuk’s detailed scratchboard and watercolor illustrations provide visual balance. The combined effect gives readers a sense of intimacy. 

A solid resource for a classroom or school library about a phenomenal Cherokee woman that feels a bit like flipping through a family photo album. (author’s note, illustrator’s note, important events, pronunciation guide, resources) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 12, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4847-4718-6

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Review Posted Online: Oct. 15, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2018

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Ably illustrating the concept of time zones, this will start conversations about geography.

ONE MOMENT IN TIME

Children from around the world enjoy their everyday activities as the narration explains that these daily events happen simultaneously.

Javier eats his corn tortillas and beans at 7 a.m. in Mexico, while Kayla prepares for school at 8 a.m. in New York City, and Lucas sits in a colorful wheelchair in a racially diverse Brazilian classroom at 9 a.m. The subject is math, and the text makes the point: “The time zones might change as you travel around the world, but the times tables don’t!” Before every page turn, the refrain reads: “And at exactly the same time…” and in the next scene a new child in a different country takes center stage. At noon, Esther eats her outdoor school lunch in Ghana; James gets his guitar lesson in Scotland at 1 p.m.; Yusuf checks a book out from a library in Turkey at 3 p.m. Other places visited include Dubai, Thailand, and Australia. Each double-page spread invites readers to look closely at the places, objects, and people pictured. The text engages kids in considering questions like “Do you have a special place where you like reading?” Vibrant illustrations teem with playful details and portray the contemporary world. The unlabeled world map on the last spread includes small pictures of each child, but it does not delineate the time zones. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

Ably illustrating the concept of time zones, this will start conversations about geography. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 21, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-7112-6353-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Happy Yak

Review Posted Online: June 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2021

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