Written by Doreen Cronin
Illustrated by Betsy Lewin
Farmer Brown has many responsibilities on the farm. He ends each day covered from head to toe with mud and muck. He gives the animals chores to do too, like dusting and mowing the lawn. Duck is fed up with how Farmer Brown runs the farm, so Duck decides to hold an election for a new farmer. Duck beats Farmer Brown soundly and becomes the new farmer. However, the job is harder than it looks, so Duck leaves Farmer Brown in charge and begins his campaign for governor. He beats the sitting governor by a handful of votes. After a while he discovers that being governor is hard work, so he leaves someone else in charge and begins his campaign for the presidency. Yet again, Duck wins the election. After a while he discovers that being the president is hard work, so he checks the help-wanted ads. Farmer Brown was looking for a duck! Duck leaves the Vice President in charge and heads back to the farm to write his autobiography.
I would use this book from first grade to third grade to talk about elections. It gives a nice, simplified version of running a campaign and how important voting is to elect your candidate. You could pair this book with a writing activity, such as: "I would vote for _____ (Duck or Farmer Brown) because _____."