Grace Goes to Washington By Kelly DiPucchio


Back of Book:

Who’s in charge here?”
When Grace learns about the three branches of the United States government, she and the rest of the student council put the lesson into practice as they debate how to spend the money from a school fund-raiser. Should they buy new sports equipment? Books for the library? Instruments for the music room? The arguments continue as they travel to Washington, DC, for a field trip. Exploring government buildings and national monuments, Grace feels closer than ever to her dream of becoming president someday. But she and her classmates have a lot to learn about what it means to serve the needs of the people, especially when the people want such different things!
My Review:
Grace is back, and this time she is teaching readers about the branches of government, and how they are run. The story centers around a field trip to Washington D.C. and how that trip later impacts Graces’ decision on what should be done with the money they raised from the bake sale. The text explains the checks and balances in American politics in a fun and approachable way. I loved that the end of the story showed the classmates coming together to support a new friend. The illustrations by LeUYEN Pham are vibrant and detailed. I was in love with her images of the memorials in Washington D.C. The back of the book shares more information with readers about the three branches of government as well as how readers can become involved as citizens.
With an election year approaching, this is a timely and fun story to start conversations about how the government operates.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

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