Mr. President Goes to School


When the President finds the many pressures of his job to be frustrating and overwhelming, he returns to kindergarten and is reminded of the important lessons he learned there and how they can help him in his current role.

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When the President finds the many pressures of his job to be frustrating and overwhelming, he returns to kindergarten and is reminded of the important lessons he learned there and how they can help him in his current role.

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
The broad humor, silly language and exaggerated illustrations of this comic story are certain to engage youngsters, whether it is read to them or they read it for themselves. Because the president is having a bad day, he dons a long raincoat, floppy hat, a Groucho Marx type nose and glasses and sneaks out of the White House. He heads for a nearby elementary school where the kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Appletree, makes him most welcome. He says his name is Louis and immediately becomes engrossed in finger painting. At recess he spins wildly on the whirligig and chases a squirrel up a tree. After snack time and a nap, Louis sits in the circle for storytime. He even politely raised his hand and answers some of Mrs. Appletree's questions. The wonderful climax of the day is dancing the hokey pokey. Much refreshed, Mr. President heads back to the White House to deal with the feuding ministers of Snortburg and Bulrovia. After milk and cookies, finger painting and doing the hokey pokey (twice), the ministers agree to work out their differences. The colored pencil and watercolor pictures are the heart of the story and will certainly elicit giggles. Definitely buy this for the picture book collection. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Mr. President is having a rough time at the White House, dealing with everything from gophers in the Rose Garden to two countries on the brink of war. To alleviate his stress, he escapes the Oval Office and goes to where the world is "a little simpler"—kindergarten. Walton's lively text is nicely written and children will be introduced to some basic concepts such as raising one's hand before speaking and being polite to everyone. Although the use of the president as a character adds an extra dimension and much humor to the book, the depiction of executive-office responsibilities and the easy way in which a war is averted is perhaps not the best introduction to world events. The use of the Ping Pong table and cheesy spy costume make the book even more lighthearted. The illustrations add a lot to the depth of the book. Sneed's attention to detail makes the book fun to look at over again and again. Overall, a fun introduction to the great things that can be learned in school.—Catherine Brenner, Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455386
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 721,814
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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