GOVERNOR by Richard Sobol


In the Company of Ann W. Richards, Governor of Texas
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Age Range: 8 - 12
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 ``Politics ought to be fun--after baseball it's our next favorite pastime,'' says Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the woman who swears she learned about politics from running a household. A three-minute walk with photographer Sobol (Seal Journey, 1993) becomes a half-hour ordeal because of the number of people who believe Richards when she says ``a week when I'm trapped in this office isn't real''--and stop to talk. Sobol captures her well with his prose. When a TV camera rolls, ``as if waking from a nap her head lifts up, her eyes sparkle like exploding fireworks, and her smile grows...wide like a fresh-cut slice of watermelon.'' But he knows when to sit back and just let Richards do what she does best- -talk. Why is her hair white? ``Have you met my children?'' How does she maintain weight? ``I buy larger sizes.'' No book studded with the witticisms of Richards could fail to entertain. This one is, and doesn't. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-525-65194-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1994


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