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Title:
When you grow up to vote : how our government works for you
Author:
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xi, 83 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Summary:
"In the voice of one of the most iconic and beloved political figures of the twentieth century comes a book on citizenship for the future voters of the twenty-first century. Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of When You Grow Up to Vote in 1932, the same year her husband was elected president. The new edition has updated information and back matter as well as fresh, bold art from award-winning artist Grace Lin. Beginning with government workers like firefighters and garbage collectors, and moving up through local government to the national stage, this book explains that the people in government work for the voter. Fresh, contemporary, and even fun, When You Grow Up to Vote is the book parents and teachers need to talk to children about how our government is designed to work"--Publisher.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction / by Marian Wright Edelman -- Foreword / by Nancy Roosevelt Ireland -- Fire! Fire! -- To protect and to serve -- The garbage collector -- The honorable mayor -- The meeting will come to order! -- At the statehouse -- Why do we have laws? -- At the Capitol -- The White House -- The president has fifteen secretaries -- Who pays the bills? -- We, the people -- What does the judge do? -- When you grow up to vote -- More about our government -- More about Eleanor Roosevelt.
ISBN:
9781626728790
Format :
Book

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In the voice of one of the most iconic and beloved political figures of the twentieth century comes a book on citizenship for the future voters of the twenty-first century. Eleanor Roosevelt published the original edition of When You Grow Up to Vote in 1932, the same year her husband was elected president. The new edition has updated information and back matter as well as fresh, bold art from award-winning artist Grace Lin. Beginning with government workers like, firefighters and garbage collectors, and moving up through local government to the national stage, this book explains that the people in government work the voter. Fresh, contemporary, and even fun, When You Grow Up to Vote is the book parents and teachers need to talk to children about how our government is designed to work.


Author Notes

Eleanor Roosevelt, October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962 Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884, to Anna Hall and Elliott Roosevelt. Her mother died in 1892, and she and her brother went to live with Grandmother Hall. Her father died only two years later. She attended a distinguished school in England when she became of age, at 15. She met and married her distant cousin Franklin, in 1905.

In Albany, Franklin served in the state Senate from 1910 to 1913, and Eleanor started her career as political helpmate. She gained a knowledge of Washington and its ways while he served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. When he was stricken with polio in 1921, she tended him and became active in the women's division of the State Democratic Committee to keep his interest in politics alive. He successfully campaigned for governor in 1928 and eventually won the Presidency with Eleanor by his side. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.

When Eleanor came to the White House in 1933, she understood social conditions better than any of her predecessors and she transformed the role of First Lady. She never shirked official entertaining. She broke precedence to hold press conferences, traveled to all parts of the country and give lectures and radio broadcasts, and also wrote a daily syndicated newspaper column, "My Day."

After the President's death in 1945 she returned to a cottage at his Hyde Park estate. Within a year, however, she became the American spokeswoman in the United Nations. She continued her career until her strength began to wane in 1962. She died in New York City that November, and was buried at Hyde Park beside her husband.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Eleanor Roosevelt knew the importance of children growing up as knowledgeable citizens. In this book's original form, she offered a simple, helpful guide aimed at helping children understand the way the U.S. government works. This updated and revised edition begins with a look at local government and then explains what big (federal) government does and why it is important to care about who is elected at the local and national levels. Lin's new illustrations offer children visual clues as to what they may see when they come of age to vote. The book tells children that while you may be guided by the choices of your party, you should also learn, on your own, the facts about issues and the candidates. Roosevelt (with Markel's assistance) brings a neighborly view of how one should not just think about oneself but about others' needs as well. A colorful, updated look at what Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to impart to children about the exciting possibilities of growing up and voting.--Jessica Anne Bratt Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

A fresh reworking of Roosevelt's 1932 book explains the roles of government workers and elected officials, election processes, and the civic responsibilities of U.S. citizens. The pyramid-structured narrative begins at the local level, describing the crucial services that firefighters, police, and garbage collectors provide. Roosevelt next tidily distills the jobs performed by town, city, and state officials before moving on to U.S. senators and congresspeople, the president and cabinet members, and those involved in the judicial system. Her keen humor surfaces: the county clerk "keeps a record of your birthday-in case you've forgotten when it comes." Updates by Markel (Brave Girl) include such post-1930s phenomena as cell phones, email, and electronic voting. Thumbnail pictures and charts by Lin (When the Sea Turned to Silver) will help kids on the younger end of the targeted audience grasp layered concepts. This reissue is especially apropos in an era of increasing awareness and activism on the part of American youth. Ages 6-12. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Forewordp. ix
1 Fire! Fire!p. 1
2 To Protect and to Servep. 5
3 The Garbage Collectorp. 9
4 The Honorable Mayorp. 13
5 The Meeting Will Come to Order!p. 17
6 At the Statehousep. 21
7 Why Do We Have Laws?p. 27
8 At the Capitolp. 33
9 The White Housep. 37
10 The President Has Fifteen Secretariesp. 43
11 Who Pays the Bills?p. 53
12 We, the Peoplep. 57
13 What Does the Judge Do?p. 61
14 When You Grow Up to Votep. 65
More about Our Governmentp. 70
More about Eleanor Rooseveltp. 78
Further Reading about Eleanor Rooseveltp. 84