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WHEN YOU GROW UP TO VOTE
Illustrated by Grace Lin
Roaring Brook Press, September 2019
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 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.
"Lively, lucid, and timely."
"This reissue is especially apropos in an era of increasing awareness and activism on the part of American youth."
lllustrated by Andre Ceolin
Sleeping Bear Press, September 2019
The holiday season is a busy time, with people bustling about. And it's a busy time for Edgar, a cabdriver who conveys passengers around the city. All day long Edgar drives his cab; many people going to many different places. At the end of one busy day, Edgar is so tired he climbs into the backseat of his cab to take a nap. But he discovers he is not alone. A little hamster has somehow been left behind from one of the many fares Edgar has driven. Edgar dutifully reports the hamster to the cab company's Lost and Found department, but in the meantime the little creature needs to be taken care of. Edgar brings the hamster to his apartment, making it a bed, feeding it, and even giving it a name, Chickpea. As Edgar starts his Hanukah observance, with no family nearby to share in it, the little hamster becomes more than a casual companion to the lonely man. But what happens when Chickpea's owner is found?
"It is December, the season for gift-giving... the ending of the story will surely touch every reader's heart."
"Plainspoken storytelling by Markel (Balderdash!) offers emotional depth, as do pictures by Ceolin... which combine crisp shapes and velvety textures...the “everybody wins” ending feels just right."
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