Review! The Art of the Possible by Edward Keenan

artpossibleThe Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics

Written by Edward Keenan

Illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

64 pages – ages 7+

Published by Owlkids Books on September 15, 2015

Synopsis- When I say “Politician”, a certain image pops into your mind.  But a politician is so much more than an old guy in a suit. What if that word also described you? Politics is “how people get along” – in other words, politics is people going about their lives interacting with each other. If you’re curious as to what you can do, and need advice, The Art of the Possible helps you understand all that is truly politics.

What I Thought- This is a great book that sums up politics for kids to understand. It even challenges their way of thinking, as being a politician isn’t just for Senators, Representatives, and others. Everyone who interacts with others is a politician, just like anyone who plays a sport is an athlete. There are nice illustrations throughout the book to help you visualize the points that Mr. Keenan is making. The book is inspirational, providing examples of real-life politicians who are actually everyday people. It is also informative, telling of how governments are run. All in all, this is a good read and would be a great classroom and home companion book when trying to explain politics to children!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9

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18 replies

  1. Cool! We need more books like this!

  2. This sounds like a great book and one that will help kids and adults understand more about politics. 🙂 Awesome!

  3. Wait a minute . . . did you say some politicians are actually REAL people? As in make their own meals, pump their own gas, talk to the average man, kind of REAL people? What country is the book talking about?

    Just kidding, kind of, maybe. I do think this is a good book for kids. “The More You Know . . . ” kind of good. Nice choice, Erik. I love Owlkids Books.

  4. Certainly a timely book… and anything’s positive if it helps kids understand politics. Wish this book had been around when I was a kid. Happy Memorial Day, Erik!

  5. Love your blog. Author and Actress Julianne Moore just Retweeted about a book my kids love. Have you read “Cooking With Mr. C.” by John Contratti? A beautiful story with a wonderful message for kids. I highly recommend it.

  6. Interesting. Who are some of the politicians mentioned in the book?

  7. Thanks for this review. It sound like the kind of book I would like. If politics interests you, you might enjoy the book “Unintimidated” by Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin.


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