President Adams' Alligatorby Peter W. Barnes
Our U.S. presidents had all kinds of pets—lots of dogs and cats, of course—but they also had some very strange pets. Look inside to find your favorite pet.
Kirkus ReviewsThis tally of presidential pets reads like a school report (for all that the author is a journalist for Fox Business Network) and isn't helped by its suite of amateurish illustrations. Barnes frames the story with a teacher talking to her class and closes it with quizzes and a write-on "ballot." Presidents from Washington to Obama--each paired to mentions of birds, dogs, livestock, wild animals and other White House co-residents--parade past in a rough, usually undated mix of chronological order and topical groupings. The text is laid out in monotonous blocks over thinly colored scenes that pose awkwardly rendered figures against White House floors or green lawns. In evident recognition that the presidents might be hard to tell apart, on some (but not enough) pages they carry identifying banners. The animals aren't so differentiated; an unnamed goat that William Henry Harrison is pulling along with his cow Sukey in one picture looks a lot like one that belonged to Benjamin Harrison, and in some collective views, it's hard to tell which animals go with which first family. The runt of the litter of print titles and websites covering the topic. (bibliography, notes for adult readers) (Informational picture book. 6-8)
- Regnery Publishing
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 10 Years
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President Adams' Alligator: And Other White House Pets based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
What a delightful time we, my 5 and 7 year old Grandsons, had reading this. We snuggled down in a large chair together holding this beautifully illustrated book. The facts they learned in this book are some of the things that will linger with them for a life time. In the end the 7 year old wanted a dog, but of course the little one thought that an alligator would make a great pet. Yeah right! Not only did they learn about the different pets the Presidents had, but they were able to learn a bit about the different Presidents. They both knew who the first President was, but now we have added to their knowledge. As we finished the page the hunt was on for the hidden alligator, what fun, and it wasn't always the oldest that found it. They also learned about cows, and horses living at the House, they were surprised, but soon realized that there were no cars back in the early days. What a great learning lesson for them. We will be rereading this again and again. This book is a keeper for them! I received this book from Regnery Publishing, Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.