House mouse, senate mouse

Author: Peter W. Barnes
Illustrator: Cheryl Barnes
Publisher: VSP Books
Year: 1996
Reading level: Grade 1 (
3.10 The student will recognize the importance of government in the community, Virginia, and the United States of America by
a) explaining the purpose of rules and laws;
b) explaining that the basic purposes of government are to make laws, carry out laws, and decide if laws have been broken;
c) explaining that government protects the rights and property of individuals.

In this book, children learn about the roles of the senate and the house and the differences between each. The problem of the story is that a elementary class wants to pass a new law. Children reading the book can then learn about how this new law is passed and the process it takes.

I chose this book because of the fun rhyming words which I think will help children remember the information better. I also think it is important for kids to learn how the bills are passed. This book also does a good job of putting it down on the children’s level.