Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Madam President

Written and illustrated by Lane Smith
Most enjoyed by voters of all ages

Today's 3rd grade read-aloud was Madam President by Lane Smith and it couldn't have been a better choice for today. The kids had already cast their own ballots for president so they were in an election frame of mind to enjoy this fun take on the presidency.

Madam President gets up early and starts her day with an executive order for more waffles, please. Then it's on to press conferences, photo opportunities, kissing babies, negotiating peace treaties and countless other presidential duties. Madam President's duties are based on the real-life duties of a president, but with a wacky spin. Take a look at the cabinet of advisers she's chosen. Mr. Potato Head for Secretary of Agriculture? Silly, but it gets the point across. We had fun trying to decide which secretaries were real and which were made up, although we all agreed that a Secretary of Pizza is one position every cabinet should have!

Regardless of whether it's an election year or not, 'Madam President' is a fun read for all voters and a great addition to any civics collection!

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