Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Voting with a Porpoise - Children's Book Review


Book Overview:

A pod of dolphins (and their porpoise friend, Petey) is in trouble. Their reef no longer provides the food they need to survive. The pod can't figure out what to do until Petey suggests they hold an election to decide. 

2018 Parent and Teacher Choice Award winner, Voting With a Porpoise is a fun, timeless, and beautifully illustrated story that teaches children how elections and voting have the power to solve hard problems.

The authors created this book to help change the culture around elections and voting. To that end, 100 percent of the profits for Voting With a Porpoise  will be donated to 501(c)(3) non-partisan voting-related causes focused on getting more people of all backgrounds to the polls, such as Rock the Vote, Vote.org, TurboVote, and others.

My Review:

Although I don't completely agree with how politics are played out, I do think it's very important for a person to vote.  If people want to make a difference or have their voice heard, they should exercise their right to vote.  Unfortunately, too many people aren't voting for one reason or another. 

Although a person can't legally vote until they hit the age of 18, there's no reason why a child shouldn't know about the importance of voting and the concept of a democracy.  Voting with a Porpoise is a fantastic book to introduce young readers to the notion of voting.  It does not choose sides or go into politics; It simply tells a story about voting.

Voting with a Porpoise is a book for young readers that's written in rhythmic form.  It tells of a pod of dolphins and their porpoise friend.  When fish leave the reef due to climate change, one of the dolphins declares what the whole pod should do.  Not happy with just one getting the ultimate decision, they decide to take a vote.  Petey the porpoise is told he can't vote because he's not "one of them".  After an incident where Petey saves the say, the dolphins come to the conclusion that Petey could vote.  His final decision ends up being the right choice.  It's a cute, simple story but sends a powerful message about voting and being kind to others who aren't just like you.

There's a section at the back of the book that explains the differences between dolphins and porpoises.  There's also "Conversation Starters and Lesson Ideas."  For instance, there's a prompt to talk to children about what happens if they are on the losing side of a vote.

I received book for review from Smith Publicity, Inc.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

3 comments:

jjmon2012 said...

I really like this book, my great niece is a little young for this right now. But I am adding it to my wish list on amazon and will buy in the next couple of years.

alissa apel said...

What an important message! The illustrations are super fun!

Nancy P said...

Very good educational book. Well done on the review.