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This updated edition of the SCHOLASTIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THEIR TIMES features updated information about the 2008 presidential election and a brand-new, full-color design!

The Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times documents the tenure of each of the American presidents. It also includes information about the headlines, people, and fads that were defining America during each presidency. It is an easy-to-use ...

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This updated edition of the SCHOLASTIC ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE PRESIDENTS AND THEIR TIMES features updated information about the 2008 presidential election and a brand-new, full-color design!

The Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times documents the tenure of each of the American presidents. It also includes information about the headlines, people, and fads that were defining America during each presidency. It is an easy-to-use resource that reflects events through the election of the next president in 2008.

Each profile includes a fact box that lists the president's birthday, birthplace, vice president, wife, children, and nickname. It also lists the president's full name and years he was in office.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
With a foreword by James M. McPherson, this title is, indeed, encyclopedic in its approach to every aspect of the presidency of the United States. The first section discusses the beginning of the nation and the election of George Washington as the first U.S. president. Each president is shown in a reproduction of a painted portrait or a photograph along with an inset giving basic information as to birth date and place, death, party, vice president, first lady, children, nickname, and some historical note (e.g., John Adams was the first president to live in the White House). Then each president's place in history is given several pages, which include a variety of important events that occurred during that administration. Maps are generously interspersed with the text and other pictures of historical memorabilia. These maps reflect the composition of the U.S. at the time of each president. The opening material explains how each entry is set up and how to interpret the information. "Presidential Election Results" is a section in the backmatter that shows election dates, candidates, winners, and electoral votes. There is also "A History of the White House" with lots of pictures showing the White House through the years. The index is quite detailed. Teachers and students alike will welcome access to this comprehensive examination of the U.S. presidents. Current to Barack Obama—2009-2013. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
This encyclopedic look at American history uses the Presidents, their campaigns and elections, and their historical legacies as a lens through which to view the events that have shaped our country. The book begins with the inauguration of George Washington in 1789 and ends with the beginning of President Clinton's second term of office, in 1997. On its chock-full pages, readers will find facts about the presidents and their families, significant national events of the times, and slices of everyday life during each presidential term. The information is accessible both to browser and researcher thanks to clear writing and careful page organization which uses colored print and shaded boxes to direct readers' attention. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
With roughly one page devoted to each year since Washington's inauguration in 1789, David Rubel's book is an easy-to-read compendium that documents the progress and problems of each president's term and makes clear that our country has faced difficulties throughout its history. An attractively designed volume, the text is set in blue ink on ivory stock with red highlights-its sidebars, subheadings, archival prints and photographs serve as both illustrations and elements that facilitate scanning. In addition to a comprehensive index, Mr. Rubel includes a chart of the popular and electoral votes of both winners and losers of every election.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 UpThis revision of the 1994 volume presents new information and a plethora of pertinent changes. This user-friendly resource, which lucidly examines the political and personal lives of the U.S. Presidents, and the headlines, historical movements, and personalities, etc., that shaped their administrations, has a broader scope. Coverage begins with George Washington and ends with the commencement of Bill Clinton's second term. U.S. and international events that left an indelible impression on the mid-1990s, such as the Oklahoma City bombing, the war in Bosnia, and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, are vividly documented. Rubel also addresses the political issues, policies, and personalities that shaped the 1996 Presidential campaign and provides the results of this election. An engagingly written section presents an overview of the history of the White House. Charts, tables, and maps are updated, and the index has been expanded. Small black-and-white photos and reproductions add interest. A handsome new cover design completes the package.Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, New York Public Library
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This encyclopedia is organized chronologically, beginning in 1789 with George Washington and ending in 1994 with President Bill Clinton. Entries vary from one page for William Henry Harrison to 12 for FDR, reflecting the length of the president's term. If students want to ascertain who was president during a particular year, they need only turn to the page for that year and find the name. The book incorporates the life of each president as part of the larger story of the U.S. Major events that occurred during each president's tenure are noted, as well as important people from that particular period of time Each entry includes the president's birth date and place, death, party, vice president, family-member names, and nickname. A four-page chart of presidential election results is found at the end of the book. It includes the president and vice president, term, election year, candidates, popular and electoral votes, and the president's birthplace. Throughout the book certain words are highlighted in red, indicating that the subject is discussed in greater detail in another section of the book. Using the subject index at the end of the book, a student can find the entry for the more detailed discussion, which is also highlighted. Black-and-white photographs of events and people, political cartoons, artifacts reflecting the period in history, as well as maps detailing the growth of our country can be found throughout the book This is an attractive, inexpensive resource for elementary school students, providing concise information in an easy-to-read format. It is recommended for the children's section of public libraries and elementary school media centers that lack the financial resources to buy individual books on each president.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545101493
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A nationally recognized author, speaker, and historian, David Rubel writes enduring books of American history. His collaborators have included Pulitzer Prize-winners Joseph J. Ellis and James M. McPherson, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, and President Jimmy Carter.
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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Not For Children

    This is not a book for children. Its bias is so prevalent that only older young people and adults who are capable of discernment should be reading this.

    Also, I cannot see how Barack Obama can be included in this book as this update was published before he took office.

    I much prefer that my children be exposed to the neutrality of politics such as the importance of our government structure or the importance of the balance of power, rather than the extreme prejudices that exist today as evidenced in this book.

    Give children time to form a foundation before exposing them to the intolerance of politics today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    Great for kids and adults alike.

    When I was 7 years old in 1998, I discovered an old dictionary in a bookcase at my aunt and uncle's house. In the back of the dictionary was a list of past presidents of the United States, going up to Ronald Reagan (it was a VERY old dictionary). Before then, the only presidents I knew about were the three big ones that my parents and teachers had taught me about (Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy) and the one who was president at the time (Clinton).

    Learning the names, times and histories of the other 38 presidents was a rewarding experience for me. At the time I had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and absorbing all this information about past leaders of the United States satisfied that thirst greatly.

    I became enthralled with U.S. Presidential history. I finally convinced my mother to take me to the bookstore so I could buy an in-depth book about the presidents with the allowance I had scraped together, and purchased the 1997 edition of Encyclopedia of the Presidents and their Times, recently updated with a brand-new section on Clinton's victory in the 1996 presidential election (wow!)

    Although, as a child, I tended to overlook the more complicated facets of the book (I couldn't for the life of me figure out what "Teapot Dome" or "Credit-Mobilier" were) I quickly absorbed every little tidbit of basic, clever information I could about each president. I was educated on the events that were affecting the nation during each president's term, the campaigns wherein each president was elected, and their lives prior to holding the presidency. I wowed (and started to bug) my parents with my seemingly endless databank of often-useless facts about each president.

    Then I amazed my first-grade class by being able to recite all 42 presidents by heart, as well as the years that they were president.

    After all of this, I was labeled a genius by my parents and my teachers, and I attribute part of this to this book's uncanny ability to absorb me in the world of U.S. History.

    As I got older, my interest in the presidents faded, and this book sat on the shelf for the better part of 10 years, during which time George W. Bush was elected (and then re-elected) as our 43rd president.

    At around fall 2008, now 16 years old (turned 17 in December) I rediscovered this book on my bookshelf, and thought its contents to be somewhat relevant to current events, as an historic election/campaign cycle was underway. Once again I pored over the facts and statistics of this book, and used the trends that I saw in the book's accounts of past campaigns to try and predict the 2008 election. Even at 16-going-on-17, I was still as fascinated by this book as I was 10 years ago, staying up late reading about the way that Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, among others, were elected and what they did during their term(s) that affected future elections, absorbing the information that I had once been too young to understand.

    This book is timeless. A child or an adult can pick up this book and enjoy it. Children will enjoy the fun facts and newspaper-style accounts of past events, while adults will appreciate the wealth of information that can be found within the small text.

    I have this book to thank for my reading and thinking skills, which grew exponentially. No exaggeration. I kind of want to purchase this new edition to see what it'll have written for Bush and Obama.

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