Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Book #73: Madam President by Lane Smith

Image from BarnesandNoble.com

Katy is here to tell you that the President of the United States has many duties. She imagines what it would be like to be Madam President as she goes about her day at school and at home. She vetoes tuna casserole at lunch, gives a press conference in class, and averts a disaster by cleaning her room. And, as she settles into her bed for the night, she’s very happy there’s a vice president to meet the ambassador from Freedonia.

Smith’s illustrations are full of funny details that mesh perfectly with the conversational text. His protagonist, Katy, is intelligent and yet full of the infallible logic of a child. For instance, there is a two page spread that shows Katy’s cabinet members, which include Mr. Potato Head (Secretary of Agriculture), a lamp (Secretary of Energy), and a chef (Secretary of Pizza).

Although Katy is full of hyperbolic statements, “Why, the president is the most important person in the whole wide world! And the most humble,” this story would be great to read as an introduction to a unit government studies. Conversely, it could be read at the end of the unit and you could discuss the issues that Katy seems to be a bit confused about, such as the actual cabinet members. Check out the Scholastic Study Guide and Disney Online’s Event Kit for more ideas along this line.

If you enjoy this book, I suggest you check out Lane Smith'swebsite. If you only look at one thing there, read the FAQ.


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