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By Sarah Nearman Herbert

George McGovern: South Dakota's Legendary Legislator, a children's picture biography for students in grades 4-8

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Book Description

George McGovern was one of South Dakota’s greatest politicians of all time.  He helped make laws in Washington, DC in the House of Representatives and Senate for over 20 years.  His most amazing achievement was that he is the only South Dakotan to run for President of the United States of America.

     George was intense about equality for all people.  He made sure that laws were passed in our government and in the Democratic Party that made things fair for people no matter their race, gender or religion.

     He directed Food for Peace and made laws to create a school lunch program that allows all children to eat at school.  His passion for helping others continued long after his days in Congress. He became the United Nations Global Ambassador on World Hunger.  His dream was to see that all children worldwide were fed a healthy lunch every day.

     This children’s picture biography was written at a reading level for students in grades 4-8 to use in their research when studying South Dakotans who made a big impact on the world.  Students will learn that George was an ordinary kid, just like them, growing up in Mitchell, SD who went on to do extraordinary things at a national and international level. His place in history should never be forgotten.

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Release Date: October 2020

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About the Author

Sarah Nearman Herbert is a retired educator in Sioux Falls, SD. She has taught gifted and special needs students as well as students in the 4th and 5th grade classroom. Both her undergraduate and masters degrees are from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. She has been happily   married to Jeff Herbert and has 3 amazing children, Matt, Lindsey and Carson who inspire her everyday! Sarah was motivated to write her first book, George McGovern: South Dakota’s Legendary Legislator, after McGovern’s death in 2012. She realized what an impact he had on South Dakota and the United States and felt the need for elementary children to know more about McGovern’s leadership in the House and Senate and Democratic candidacy for president in 1972. His work as the United Nations Ambassador to the World Food Program and school lunch program continues to influence millions of people worldwide.  

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“A nutritious, balanced school lunch for every child is the best investment we can make in the health, education and global society of the future.” - George McGovern

(Photo by Michael Lloyd Carlebach in Miami, Florida, on Primary Day in 1972--Senator George McGovern Collection, Dakota Wesleyan Archives, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD) 

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Purchase George McGovern: South Dakota's Legendary Legislator in e-book, hardcover (ISBN 978-1-0879-1490-9) or softcover (ISBN 9798698858256) on Amazon:, Ingram or Barnes and Noble 

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