This review was originally published at MariasSpace.com.
We just got over 4 days without electric as the Nor’easter took out many power lines up and down the East Coast. Our family slept together around the fireplace and getting the kids to sleep when we are all together meant making sure they relaxed in our bed for four. So we did a lot of reading. One of the books we read was Boomer and Halley Election Day by Mary Jane McKittrick about A Town Votes for Civic Responsibility. Doesn’t sound like bedtime reading does it? Well, it was because the genius author not only goes on to explain politics in a way children can understand but there are life lessons built right into the story. The lessons are stamped with a little paw print that goes along with a question on the detachable bookmark.
Boomer and Halley are a dog and cat of Harold and Edna, a couple who are very involved in their town and participate in the “See Something, Say Something mentality being taught in our schools today. They didn’t like what Mayor Fibbs was doing and go out of their way to make sure their town is taking care of properly by the right person for the job!
I really enjoyed the terms Gimme Party and Common Sense Party which made me chuckle and the kids asked, “why are you laughing mommy?” I told them that politics is a funny game and they would learn more once they got older but I think these are a great jump off point for us.
This is the 3rd book and I am interested to get the rest of the series.