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At Home with the Presidents

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Get to Know the Presidents! Ever wonder what the U.S. presidents were really like? Just like the rest of us, our nation's leaders got into scrapes as kids, shared happy times with their families, had interesting hobbies, and romped with their pets. Now you can discover interesting facts about the lives of the presidents that will surprise you. Find out how Andrew Jackson's inauguration party nearly wrecked the White House, or how President Grant was almost arrested for speeding—on a horse! Do you want to know why...

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Overview

Get to Know the Presidents! Ever wonder what the U.S. presidents were really like? Just like the rest of us, our nation's leaders got into scrapes as kids, shared happy times with their families, had interesting hobbies, and romped with their pets. Now you can discover interesting facts about the lives of the presidents that will surprise you. Find out how Andrew Jackson's inauguration party nearly wrecked the White House, or how President Grant was almost arrested for speeding—on a horse! Do you want to know why Teddy Roosevelt's parents made him smoke cigars or why John Tyler was called the "accidental president"? All these fun facts, plus many more, are included in this book. Take a close look at the lives of all 41 U.S. presidents by meeting them as kids, getting to know their families and pets, and seeing what their lives were like inside and outside of the White House. You'll also find information about presidential places to visit, including fabulous homes and estates, libraries, and web sites. Packed with photos, drawings, and fascinating facts, this book delivers the whole inside scoop on the lives of our nation's greatest leaders.

Describes the lives of the presidents of the United States, their families, and the various homes, libraries, and other sites associated with each.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Three-to-five page insightful biographies of the 41 presidents of the United States. Salient facts are interspersed with small, personal stories that reveal something of each man's nature. Morris does a good job of covering a number of defining incidents or anecdotes and is fair and balanced in her presentation. The book has small, black-and-white photographs or portraits of all of the presidents and of their homes or memorials as well as the addresses, hours, cost of admission, and Web sites (where applicable) of the historic sites. Sidebars such as Patti Davis's (Ronald Regan's daughter) advice to Chelsea Clinton about living in the White House are humorous and interesting. Morris presents such intriguing facts mixed with the mundane that readers will want to know more. For example, John Tyler's family still lives in the family home that has been a working plantation for over 240 years. Younger readers will find just enough material for a report and older students will discover the man behind the history. This worthwhile book also has browsing appeal.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
At Home With The Presidents (176 pp.; Sept. 24; 0-471-25300-6) Morris offers succinct biographical information and anecdotes about all 41 presidents with brief information about homes they grew up it, historic sites dedicated to them, or libraries in which their artifacts are housed. Included are small pictures of the presidents and some of the buildings discussed. Readers will find the book of limited use for research, since the sources for quotations are not given, there is no index, and material considered controversial is not attributed. Appearing out of context are statements such as "George Washington adored his older brother" and "George's mother was jealous of the two brother's relationship." The information on historic sites is upbeat but bland, and could have come right out of tourist brochures. (b&w photographs, illustrations, further reading) (Nonfiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471253006
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/2/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.89 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JUDDI MORRIS is the award-winning author of The Harvey Girls: The Women Who Civilized the West and Tending the Fire: The Story of Maria Martinez.

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Table of Contents

George Washington.

John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson.

James Madison.

James Monroe.

John Quincy Adams.

Andrew Jackson.

Martin VanBuren.

William Henry Harrison.

John Tyler.

James Knox Polk.

Zachary Taylor.

Millard Fillmore.

Franklin Pierce.

James Buchanan.

Abraham Lincoln.

Andrew Johnson.

Ulysses Simpson Grant.

Rutherford Birchard Hayes.

James Abram Garfield.

Chester Alan Arthur.

Grover Cleveland.

Benjamin Harrison.

William McKinley.

Theodore Roosevelt.

William Howard Taft.

Woodrow Wilson.

Warren Gamaliel Harding.

Calvin Coolidge.

Herbert Clark Hoover.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Harry S. Truman.

Dwight David Eisenhower.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Gerald Rudolph Ford.

James Earl Carter, Jr.

Ronald Wilson Reagan.

George Herbert Walker Bush.

William Jefferson Clinton.

Suggested Readings.

Index.

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