One President Was Born on Independence Day: And Other Freaky Facts about the 26th Through 43rd Presidents

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Which president was a male model? Which first lady kept a little red book that listed her and her husband’s enemies? Which president never attended college? Find out answers to these questions and hundreds more in this book about seventeen presidents and their families.
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Which president was a male model? Which first lady kept a little red book that listed her and her husband’s enemies? Which president never attended college? Find out answers to these questions and hundreds more in this book about seventeen presidents and their families.
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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
This digest-sized book is packed with presidential factoids and does reveal that Calvin Coolidge was born on "Independence Day." Each president is given a double-page spread that features a small cartoonish picture of the president or some aspect of the presidency. The rest of the two pages are broken up into different colored boxes with the facts printed in white on the coordinated colors—ranging from the typical red/white/and blue to shades of maroon or green. The picture for the 31st presidents shows Herbert Hoover seated in the White House with his two pet alligators! Readers can learn which of the presidents traveled outside of the U.S. first, which one rode to his Inauguration in an automobile, who had the first telephone, who was the youngest elected president, etc. Many of the items are fun and entertaining bits of history, but there is much actual history that may be absorbed in this format more readily than in a straightforward text book. One could easily flip from president to president or just select bits and pieces here and there—like sampling at the salad bar. Some students will be intrigued by the material and be stimulated to read more; others will find it easy enough to "grab" a bit of information and move on. There is a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and a "to learn more" section that includes book titles and web sites appropriate for the reading level. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
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Meet the Author

Barbara Seuling was born in Brooklyn, New York. She spent many years as a children's book editor, publishing her first book at that time. Since then, she has also written The Teeny Tiny Woman, which she also illustrated, Winter Lullaby, and Oh No, It’s Robert.

Barbara is a member of the board of advisors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She is also the founder and director of The Manuscript Workshop, a workshop for writers of children’s books.

Barbara has received the Christopher Medal and the Award of the American Institute of Graphic Artists.

Barbara lives in New York City and has a country home in Vermont.

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