First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents' Children

First Kids: The True Stories of All the Presidents' Children

by Noah McCullough
     
 

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From the private quarters of the White House, this book, written by a kid, for kids, will make readers laugh and get children hooked on history in a way they never thought possible! First Kids are, and were, kids like any other, they just lived with parents who happened to be busy running the free world. This book will highlight all of the 43 president's children… See more details below

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Overview

From the private quarters of the White House, this book, written by a kid, for kids, will make readers laugh and get children hooked on history in a way they never thought possible! First Kids are, and were, kids like any other, they just lived with parents who happened to be busy running the free world. This book will highlight all of the 43 president's children leading into their adulthood. It will cover likes and dislikes and go in-depth from the games they played to the vegetables they despised.

Readers will connect with the information in FIRST KIDS because they'll see that kids are a lot alike no matter who their parents are.

For example, did you know the Roosevelt children were constantly in trouble for terrorizing White House visitors with their pet boa constrictor? They also loved to slide down the stairs of the mansion at record speeds and drop water balloons from the roof of the White House onto the guards below.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
The author is a fourteen-year old boy who states that he will be president in 2032. Noah has been interested in American history and the political process since he was in kindergarten. The content includes the experiences of the president's children living in the White House. Not all presidents and their families lived in the White House. George and Martha Washington never lived there. John and Abigail Adams and their children were the first to live in the White House. For each presidential family there is a list of "Fast Facts." It covers what they liked, disliked, what they did, doll collections they had, and the tragedies that befell them. One of the first kids convinced a friend to hoist her up so she could touch the chandelier in the State Dining Room. When she grabbed it he left her hanging there and screaming. There is also information on First Kids who married in the White House, those that worked for their dad in the White House, their birthplaces, and facts about the White House and the Inauguration. It is a great deal of trivial information; but it does let us know that the presidents and their families have normal occurrences in their lives just as we do. Reviewer: Leila Toledo
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Largely a list of interesting facts organized chronologically by president from George Washington to George W. Bush, this book chronicles the lives of their children. It is chock-full of interesting tidbits. All births are listed and therefore some entries covering the early years of our nation's history read more like a list of unfortunate deaths. For example, only four out of Thomas Jefferson's six children survived past early childhood. Readers will be intrigued to know that Thomas "Tad" Lincoln was so named because he looked like a tadpole at birth, and Archibald "Archie" Roosevelt used to drop water balloons from the roof of the White House. Many black-and-white photographs add visual interest. Not particularly useful for reports, this title will, however, appeal to young readers.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545175388
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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