President Adams' Alligator

President Adams' Alligator

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by Peter W. Barnes, Cheryl S. Barnes
     
 

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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.
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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.

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This 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621570356
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing
Publication date:
02/04/2013
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Peter and Cheryl Barnes are the author/illustrator team behind many books featuring animal characters that teach children about history and government, including the bestselling House Mouse, Senate Mouse, which teaches how Congress makes our laws, and Woodrow, the White House Mouse, about the White House and the president’s job. Peter is a journalist and broadcaster who reports on public policy issues in Washington, D.C. Cheryl is an illustrator with a background in architecture. They live in Alexandria, Virginia, have two grown daughters, and are the very proud grandparents of Tristan James Joyce.

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