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Politics for beginners

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An informative guide to political systems, elections, voting and government, and issues including feminism, human rights, freedom of speech and fake news, all explained with clear text and bright, infographic style illustrations. Includes tips on how to argue and debate, a glossary, and links to specially selected websites with more information.

  • Chosen as The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week January 2018

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Book information

Age
8+
Key Stage
KS2 H
BIC CBMC
C5N79
Hardback
ISBN: 9781474922524
Extent: 128 pages
Dimensions: 240 x 170mm
Author/Editor
Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell
Illustrator
Kellan Stover

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“Politics for Beginners”
It is easy to look through and very appealing to the eye. I learnt about different terminology and political techniques.
“Politics for Beginners”
Madeleine received this book and set about reading it straight away, it made her feel very grown up as she felt it was a grown up topic. She particularly enjoyed the more history of politics books and she enjoyed looking at the illustrations.
“Politics for Beginners”
Before I started reading this book I wasn't too sure about it, because I don't really know anything about politics. As I started reading I was amazed at how interesting it is and I really like it. [...] This book tells you what a democracy is and how it works, who is in charge of the country, what politics are, and what a government is. I didn't know about any of these things, but now I do!
“Politics for Beginners”
This is a great introduction to politics for children. I read this with my 7 year old and she was happy just dipping in and out of different chapters. As she gets older I am sure it will be a great springboard for her/us to do further/deeper research.
“Politics for Beginners”
This book is brilliant, really helpful with History and Citizenship at school. Its really easy to read and I have learnt lots of new information. This is one I will keep going back to.
“Politics for Beginners”
Who says Politics is boring! What a great book, easy to read through. Its layout makes it appealing to children and its explanations are clear and interesting. I read it with my daughter (8) and learnt things myself!
“Politics for Beginners”
Really interesting book that gives a good understanding of politics including the history of different political ideas.
“Politics for Beginners”
Fantastic Book! I really enjoyed reading this book, for it explained politics in a simple, easy to understand, fun way. I especially liked the pages with all the arrows where it told you if you were socialist or capitalist etc. [...] I definitely recommend to any History student, old or young, as well as anybody interested in Politics or how the world works.

Press reviews

“An exciting and informative book helping children understand everyday politics.”
“This entertaining book does an admirable job of explaining politics to the young, clarifying structures, principles and issues, showing different views of controversial subjects, and enlivening the coloured pages with cartoons without diluting its substance. Relating policies to everyday experiences, it encourages engagement, and is inclusive in both its images and its attitudes. Informed by experts, it embraces the history of political systems (including ancient democracies, feudalism and absolute monarchies), and is an excellent trigger for debate. It also has a section on “how to argue”, which would make Twitter a much better place if everyone paid attention, including “don’t be personal”, “back up your opinions with facts” and “be prepared to change your mind”. ”
“Politics for Beginners is ideal for both children and adults, and is guaranteed to win the vote of anyone looking for a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand guide to what politics is all about. ”

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