Saturday, November 15, 2008
Max for President
Max for President by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Knopf, 2004
I read this to a group of first graders just before the election. My quick pre-reading designated this books as instructive and straight-forward, "here's how we vote" book. I was delighted but unprepared for how much the children loved this little story.
Max, a boy, is running for class president and Kelly, a girl, also decides to run. Both children make posters and hand out buttons and campaign with their plans to improve the school.
When Max outlined his platform, many of the boys cheered. Then the girls clapped when Kelly spoke. Then I heard the little voice at my feet that softly said, "I wish they both could win."
When is was clear that Max had NOT won, another voice suggested, "He could be vice president," anticipating the direction of the story.
I was honestly moved when the children all clapped and whooped as I finished. Both Max and Kelly work together to make their school a better place. The children were totally engaged by Krosoczka's expressive illustrations. The children were, clearly, drawn to these characters and identified with them.
What a little treasure.
This was the first Krosoczka book I've had the honor to read aloud. I cannot wait to read more of his books to kids.
Clever lad, that Jarrett.