Reviews for Eyewitness Vote

Library Media Connection Reviews 2008 October
Vote is a dense collection of captioned photographs, brief expository text for every two-page spread, and pictures of memorabilia such as buttons and board games. The result looks like a scrapbook. The book is arranged thematically, and it includes topics such as the first democracy in Greece in 508 BCE, women?s suffragists, worker?s movements, political parties, and the mechanics of voting. This book would be an excellent resource for social studies teachers needing to give students quick background knowledge on voting rights and procedures around the world and for casual browsing or students seeking ideas for research papers. Facts and figures abound on every page but no topic is covered with any depth. Some of the sections seem disjointed. For example, in the section covering Democratic systems, there is a picture of Russian president Putin and Japanese prime minister Koizumi under the heading What Does A Government Do? It is unclear why this picture fits in a discussion of democratic systems and the reader wonders what governments in non-democratic societies do differently from democratic governments. A poster with images and information from the book is provided in a slip cover as is a clip-art CD. Glossary. Index. Recommended. Catherine Trinkle, Library Media Specialist, Hickory Elementary, Avon, Indiana ¬ 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 May

Gr 4-8-- Engaging visual material and a wealth of assorted facts trace the history of voting and its impact on human rights, politics, and other related areas. The first half moves chronologically from ancient Greece to modern times, with current information into the 21st century. Later sections look at political structures, election logistics, and even nongovernmental elections (including trade unions, the Oscars, and Britain's Pop Idol ). Several high-quality photographs and reproductions appear on each spread. Though not tremendously exciting on their own, they still contribute great appeal and represent the text well. The "polling day" spread, for example, depicts a variety of voting implements, from a gold-tipped pointing stick used in the republic of Venice to a keypad from 2007 Bhutan. Nearly every section draws upon assorted examples from around the world, providing a strong international framework. One spread, for example, shows seven recent scenes of varied "protest" events, each from a different country. In some cases, the information is too cursory to be of much use, such as a paragraph on the electoral college that might confuse more than clarify. As a whole, though, the book does a nice job of pulling together an impressive array of topics, events, and ideas within the broad concept of global suffrage. The book comes with a poster-size wall chart and a clip-art CD with downloadable images of many of the illustrations.--Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

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