After Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton gave up her bid for the presidency, there were supporters and opponents who agreed on at least one thing: Her groundbreaking campaign gave little girls a gift.
The idea of a female president doesn't sound so far-fetched anymore.
Here are two timely books for girls – and boys.
In “Grace for President,” by Kelly DiPucchio (Hyperion, $15.99), a spunky elementary school student is appalled when her teacher puts up a poster of the U.S. presidents. “Where are the girls?” Grace Campbell asks.
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The teacher seizes on Grace's interest to arrange to elect a president of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.
Grace will run, of course. But she has a formidable male opponent. DiPucchio and illustrator LeUyen Pham do a terrific job capturing the excitement and hard work of a campaign.
DiPucchio and Pham pack a lot into a picture book – real-life lessons and enough fun and excitement to keep both boys and girls hooked.
“Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics,” by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin, $8.95), is itself evolving. First published in 2004, this revised edition features new details on Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.
As in the earlier version, a girl and her friends discuss her presidential aspirations interspersed with 23 biographies of important women in politics. McClatchy Newspapers