Well, this book proved to be the perfect starting place. Through a simple rhyming text, the authors tell the tale of Woodrow G. Washingtail, an all-American mouse, who wants to make his town a better place. From his earliest days on town council to his eventual run for the presidency, this book covers it all. Here's a snippet:
One day, Woodrow's friends said, "Woodrow we hear
There's a seat on town council that is open this year.
With your heart and your brains, we agree you'd be great,
If you run for the job, as our mouse candidate!
A "candidate," in our nation's tradition,
Is someone who seeks an important position
By entering a contest called an "election,"
And citizens vote to make their selection.
You vote For or Against to express your own view
Of a candidate (or issue) important to you,
In private, in secret, without fear or fright--
In our democracy, it's our most basic right.
Even though this book was certainly intended for a younger audience, Hubby and I found that even our just-turned 10-year old enjoyed it. So, after a few great questions and a bit of lively discussion, we're off to learn more about our nation's electoral process (who knows... I'll probably learn a fair bit, too!) and after that, we'll read through the Barnes' other books, Woodrow: the White House Mouse; House Mouse, Senate Mouse; and Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse.