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Political Parties
Political Parties
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Graphic Library

Political Parties

In cartoon format, explains the history, role, and influence of political parties in the United States.

GenreGraphic Nonfiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-9
Lexile LevelGN710L
ATOS Level5
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #120079
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandGraphic Library
Page Dimensions7" x 9"
Page Count32
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $33.32 School/Library Price

Sets that include this title:


SLJ Extra Helping, "Politics: We the People" - Jennifer S. Prince

"Tongue ensconced firmly in cheek, this book explains the formation and evolution of the major political parties in America. Dynamic comic-book art enlivens descriptions of the spoils system, the electoral college, party presses, and much more. Lively, funny, and accurate." - SLJ Extra Helping, "Politics: We the People"

September 4, 2012

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter - Sheilah Egan (Children's Literature)

"Insets with definitions of political vocabulary and a variety of informational factoids are presented alongside explanations of the development of political parties in the U.S. The early history of the debates over how the newly formed United States should be governed influenced the development of various factions that grew into two basic political thought systems that became the foundation of the two party system that we know today. Other parties have come and gone, but usually the two "major parties compete to run the government." Using large-headed cartoon characters to represent the people and the political figures, this light approach will appeal to a variety of readers who need to understand how the party system evolved and how it influences who ultimately runs the country. Media coverage and its influence are discussed, as is voting rights, campaigns, primaries, and the voting process (including various methods of actually casting ballots). The humorous approach makes this title in the Graphic Library's "Cartoon-Nation presents" series an interesting way to expose students to the background of the "donkeys" and "elephants" of politics. Political cartoons have had a huge impact on the development of how the political parties are viewed, even to the animals that have come to represent each party. The back matter includes a time line, a glossary, a FactHound web site, a "read more" section, and an index." - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database Newsletter

October 1, 2008

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection.  Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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