Hail to the Chief: The American Presidency

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Just what does a president do? Learn about the duties, challenges, and responsibilities faced by the holders of the highest office in the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Which president doubled the size of the country? Who was the only person to win the presidency, then lose it, and then win it again? Which president kept a badger and a bear cub in the White House? Find out inside this book!

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Overview

Just what does a president do? Learn about the duties, challenges, and responsibilities faced by the holders of the highest office in the United States, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Which president doubled the size of the country? Who was the only person to win the presidency, then lose it, and then win it again? Which president kept a badger and a bear cub in the White House? Find out inside this book!

Primary text describes the powers and duties of the presidency while subtext highlights the accomplishments of individual presidents. Includes a timeline.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Written to accommodate different levels of understanding and reading, each page begins with several sentences that are simply written and printed in bold. Below these, in smaller type, are facts that give more depth about presidential powers and how presidents have used their offices to deal with issues, thus revealing the mechanics of government through individuals. The book eXplains how the job was inaugurated, how it has changed over time, and why the person in this position is considered one of the most important and powerful leaders in the world. From Washington to Clinton, leaders are recorded by deeds and with colorful, realistic illustrations. Robb's eXamples will pique interest that may lead to further discoveries and he provides books and web site references for children to do just that. Politicians and presidents don't just hatch when the office calls. They were once children and some of them wanted to lead moral lives from a young age. 2000, Charlesbridge, $16.95 and $7.95. Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer: Susie Wilde <%ISBN%> 0881063924
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Lots of interesting and important facts about presidents are included in this volume. Rich full-page illustrations shed light on such topics as party leadership and dark horse candidates. This introduction can provide an interesting read for curious children. 2000, Charlesbridge Publishing, $7.95. Ages 8 to 10. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-An introduction to aspects of the presidency and some of the men who have held the position. Fourteen double-page spreads examine such themes as the responsibilities of the chief executive as stated in the Constitution; "Enforcing the Laws"; and "Getting Elected." Each subject is introduced with a specific example of a president, such as Abraham Lincoln in "Leaders in War." Two brief paragraphs that relate some facts about his presidency and his position in the Civil War are followed by one-to-two line mentions of other presidents in a similar role, e.g., George Bush in the Persian Gulf. Opposite each informational page is an illustration of the lead subject against colorful background images of the event mentioned. (Lincoln is shown before a soldier with a torn flag, a slave picking cotton, and a figure representing General Grant.) A combination index/list of presidents (with their terms of office, party affiliation, and birth and death dates) is included. Unfortunately, the rudimentary information offered won't be enough to satisfy report writers and the text is not as engaging as Judith St. George's more personal So You Want to Be President? (Philomel, 2000).-Margaret C. Howell, West Springfield Elementary School, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580892858
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,121,015
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Robb began his second career in educational publishing after seven years as a teacher. After graduating from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he studied history and political science, Don taught Spanish, French, and English as a second language at the high school level in Toledo, Ohio, then later at a junior high school in Hackensack, New Jersey.

His first job in publishing was as a foreign language consultant for Holt, Rinehart. He went on to serve in a variety of editorial and marketing capacities there, and at Houghton Mifflin Co., where he became a vice president. He left that position to join Charlesbridge (then Mastery Education Corporation) in 1981.

Don is an avid reader and a writer. His particular interests are history—especially American history—science non-fiction, and mysteries.

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