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|Grace goes to Washington|
Author: DiPucchio, Kelly
On a school field trip to Washington, D.C., student council member Grace and her classmates learn about the three branches of the federal government, how school government operates, the qualities of effective leadership, and how to be a good citizen.
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 07/01/2019 Grace, a young brown-skinned girl, found out about elections in Grace for President (2008). Here one of her focuses is how the branches of government work together (at least, in this picture book!). There are two plotlines: First, Grace, along with the rest of the student council, must decide how to use the bake sale money. Some want new library books or sports equipment, while the principal would like an upgrade on musical instruments. Second, Grace's class is taking a trip to Washington, D.C., where they visit Congress, take a tour of the White House, and look at the Supreme Court. But it's words from Martin Luther King Jr. about making a kinder world that inspire her to come up with a new idea for a friendship mall. Sometimes using the three branches to correlate with what's happening at the school seems forced, especially since the court never comes into play. But the back matter provides all the relevant information, leaving the story, populated by a diverse group of kids, to explore real-life issues. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.