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“You should vote for the best person—boy or girl,” Pedro. –Pedro for President
Pedro for President
by Fran Manushkin
AR Test, Diverse Characters
Pedro is running for class president against Katie Woo. He has to write a speech about what he would do as president. But Pedro is stuck! He can’t even write one word. Will anyone vote for Pedro?
In Pedro for President, Pedro and Katie Woo show that they can still be friends even though only one of them can win. As Pedro goes through his day, he helps others and encourages them. Even though the ending is a bit predictable—Pedro wins—younger readers will still enjoy the story which is written with simple vocabulary that beginning readers will be able to master. Although Pedro for President is part of a series with many of the same characters, it does not need to be read in order.
Full color illustrations appear on every page, showing Pedro and his diverse classmates. Short chapters that only have four or less sentences make the story accessible to independent readers. The end of the book contains a glossary, questions, writing prompts as well as two pages of jokes. Pedro for President wins the vote—it’s an engaging story for young readers! Readers who enjoy the Pedro series, should also try the Katie Woo series because it has many of the same characters and is written in the same format.
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