Review (Plus): ‘President Squid’

Bookshelf Blurb: A platform of five basic principles makes it an easy decision to vote for Squid for President–or not.

PresidentSquid_9781452136479_97451Ms. America’s Review: A hot pink squid running for president with extreme views for why you should vote for him: This would sound familiar to the upcoming presidential election, if you omitted the hot pink squid.

Aaron Reynolds has created a fun, uplifting satire for children in his newest book, President Squid. Squid is cleverly illustrated by Sara Varon, whose characterizations make this story even more entertaining.

Squid has exactly what it takes to be president: He is bossy; he is famous; he does all the talking; and, most importantly, he wears a tie, which automatically qualifies him for the presidency.

But when Squid realizes being president requires diplomacy and negotiation, he rethinks his game plan and decides he may not want to be president after all.

In the Classroom: I enjoyed teaching during election years. Although some students come in with strong viewpoints it can offer great discussion and insight into our U.S. history, and allow students a better understanding of our government.

Squid has a platform he presents to his sea-creature audience and is even questioned about his principles by one of his followers. Understanding of political platforms, different social parties and what it means to vote are all key elements you can teach within the elementary classroom, and this book is a great place to start.

NPR released a wonderful article about teaching politics in the classroom while linking it back to our Common Core Standards. You can find this article at:

President Squid by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Sara Varon (Chronicle Books | 9781452136479 | March 1, 2016)

America Grelinger

America Grelinger doesn’t mind if you call her Ms. America. It makes her head swell and she loves the title. America is a former English teacher and has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, now retired to raise two crazy little boys who think the funniest thing on the planet is to burp and toot… which is why she reads. Because it’s cheaper than counseling. Amy and her husband live with those two crazy little boys in Derby, Kansas.