Have Fun with the Presidents: Activites, Projects, and Fascinating Facts

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It’s important to learn about the U.S. presidents, but it’s even better to have fun while doing it. Have Fun with the Presidents is filled with activities, recipes, games, puzzles, profiles, quotes, and fascinating facts, about all 42 American presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush.

You will learn all kinds of interesting things about the presidents, their families, and the times in which they lived, but this is much more than just a book of facts.  The games ...

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Overview

It’s important to learn about the U.S. presidents, but it’s even better to have fun while doing it. Have Fun with the Presidents is filled with activities, recipes, games, puzzles, profiles, quotes, and fascinating facts, about all 42 American presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush.

You will learn all kinds of interesting things about the presidents, their families, and the times in which they lived, but this is much more than just a book of facts.  The games and activities in Have Fun with the Presidents will give you a better understanding of each president’s important contributions, interesting hobbies, and unique personality.

In Have Fun with the Presidents you will learn that

  • Herbert Hoover and his wife spoke Chinese in the White House as a way of maintaining their privacy
  • Dwight Eisenhower was an enthusiastic cook who loved grilling on the roof of the White House
  • Two of Theodore Roosevelt’s sons managed to sneak a pony into a White House elevator so they could take it to their sick brother’s bedroom
  • George H.W. Bush hated broccoli so much he had it banned from the White House kitchen
  • And much more!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
Each of the forty three United States presidents is briefly profiled in this book. In addition, the two or three pages devoted to each chief executive include sidebars on their families and additional sidebars on topics ranging from how to address the president, to a description of Grant's Tomb, to the fact that Calvin Coolidge rode a mechanical horse which he had installed in the White House. The book also presents detailed instructions for recipes some of the presidents enjoyed: John Quincy Adams's wife Louisa's Shrewsbury cakes, Andrew Jackson's blackberry jam, Andrew Johnson's pecan pie, Dwight David Eisenhower's prune or apricot whip, John F. Kennedy's Cape Cod fish chowder, and many others. In addition, there are word games and puzzles created to emphasize facts about various presidents, and there are other activities based on maps, Morse code, battlefield strategies, and election results. Finally, directions for crafts appear in nearly every section—ranging from making a replica of Abraham Lincoln's stovepipe hat, to decorating Easter eggs in honor of Rutherford B. Hayes's wife's decision to host the Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, to creating a victory garden planter in honor of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's encouraging people to grow their own fruits and vegetables during World War II. The book is illustrated with line drawings of all the presidents and of the crafts and puzzles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471679059
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/29/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 941,718
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

David C. King is a former history teacher and an award-winning author who haswritten more than thirty books for children and young adults, including the books in Wiley's American Kids in History and American Heritage, American Voices series.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

George Washington (First President, 1789–1797).

John Adams (Second President, 1797–1801).

Thomas Jefferson (Third President, 1801–1809).

James Madison (Fourth President, 1809–1817).

James Monroe (Fifth President, 1817–1825).

John Quincy Adams (Sixth President, 1825–1829).

Andrew Jackson (Seventh President, 1829–1837).

Martin Van Buren (Eighth President, 1837–1841).

William Henry Harrison (Ninth President, March–April 1841).

John Tyler (Tenth President, 1841–1845).

James Knox Polk (Eleventh President, 1845–1849).

Zachary Taylor (Twelfth President, 1849–1850).

Millard Fillmore (Thirteenth President, 1850–1853).

Franklin Pierce (Fourteenth President, 1853–1857).

James Buchanan (Fifteenth President, 1857–1861).

Abraham Lincoln (Sixteenth President, 1861–1865).

Andrew Johnson (Seventeenth President, 1865–1869).

Ulysses S. Grant (Eighteenth President, 1869–1877).

Rutherford B. Hayes (Nineteenth President, 1877–1881).

James A. Garfield (Twentieth President, 1881).

Chester A. Arthur (Twenty-first President, 1881–1885).

Grover Cleveland (Twenty-second President, 1885–1889; Twenty-fourth President, 1893–1897).

Benjamin Harrison (Twenty-third President, 1889–1893).

William McKinley (Twenty-fifth President, 1897–1901).

Theodore Roosevelt (Twenty-sixth President, 1901–1909).

William Howard Taft (Twenty-seventh President, 1909–1913).

Woodrow Wilson (Twenty-eighth President, 1913–1921).

Warren Gamaliel Harding (Twenty-ninth President, 1921–1923).

Calvin Coolidge (Thirtieth President, 1923–1929).

Herbert Hoover (Thirty-first President, 1929–1933).

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Thirty-second President, 1933–1945).

Harry S Truman (Thirty-third President, 1945–1953).

Dwight David Eisenhower (Thirty-fourth President, 1953–1961).

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Thirty-fifth President, 1961–1963).

Lyndon Baines Johnson (Thirty-sixth President, 1963–1969).

Richard Milhous Nixon (Thirty-seventh President, 1969–1974).

Gerald Rudolph Ford (Thirty-eighth President, 1974–1977).

Jimmy (James Earl) Carter, Jr. (Thirty-ninth President, 1977–1981).

Ronald Wilson Reagan (Fortieth President, 1981–1989).

George Herbert Walker Bush (Forty-first President, 1989–1993).

Bill (William Jefferson) Clinton (Forty-second President, 1993–2001).

George Walker Bush (Forty-third President, 2001–).

Answers.

Index.

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