President Adams' Alligator: and Other White House Pets [NOOK Book]

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Did you know President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? He kept it in a bathtub in the East Room of the White House. But President Adams wasn't the only commander-in-chief with an unusual pet. Along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses and birds, presidents and their families also had pet snakes, raccoons, bears, cows, mice, and more. Meet Thomas Jefferson's mockingbird, Dick, who ate from the president's mouth; Warren Harding's dog, Laddie Boy, who was served a birthday cake made of dog biscuits; and ...
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Did you know President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? He kept it in a bathtub in the East Room of the White House. But President Adams wasn't the only commander-in-chief with an unusual pet. Along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses and birds, presidents and their families also had pet snakes, raccoons, bears, cows, mice, and more. Meet Thomas Jefferson's mockingbird, Dick, who ate from the president's mouth; Warren Harding's dog, Laddie Boy, who was served a birthday cake made of dog biscuits; and Teddy Roosevelt's pony, Algonquin, who rode up the White House elevator. President Adams' Alligator teaches children about the presidency through pets of the presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621571520
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,199,476
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author


Peter and Cheryl Barnes are a husband and wife writing/illustrating team who specialize in educational books for children. Their books have been featured on numerous top-tier TV and radio shows including The Today Show, C-Span’s Book TV and National Public Radio, and in prominent print outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Child Magazine. Their other works include Woodrow for President; Woodrow, the White House Mouse; Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse; and Liberty Lee's Tail of Independence. Their books have won numerous national and regional book reviews and awards. They also published the New York Times bestsellers Heartsongs and Journey through Heartsongs, by Mattie Stepanek. Cheryl is an illustrator with a background in architecture and is creative director of Regnery’s Little Patriot Press. Peter is a journalist who currently works for Fox Business Network; he has also reported for CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations. They have two grown children and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    What a delightful time we, my 5 and 7 year old Grandsons, had re

    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.

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