The origins and customs of Presidents' Day are explained in this book from the "American Holidays" series. The introduction gives a brief explanation of the focus of Presidents ' Day. Descriptions of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's lives and contributions as president are included. A "Words of Wisdom" chapter quotes memorable sayings from both presidents. The chapter "Creating the Holiday" describes the memorial ceremonies and holidays held in honor of both presidents until Richard Nixon renamed the holiday "Presidents' Day" in 1968. A map of the United States shows where and how different regions celebrate Presidents' Day. A "Holiday Symbols" chapter describes the significance of Mount Rushmore, U.S. currency, and the White House. A "Crafts and Recipes" section describes different ways to celebrate the holiday with things to make. Other sections include a "Holiday Quiz," "Fascinating Facts," and a glossary. This would be a wonderful book to use in classrooms during Presidents' Day, both for informative and entertainment value. 2004, Weigl, Ages 7 to 10.
Amie Rose Rotruck
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Gr 2-4-These heavily illustrated titles look at the history of the three holidays and describe how and why Americans celebrate them. Designed to meet state and national standards, the books are manageable for newly independent readers. Red, white, and blue borders are used throughout, and while they are bright and eye-catching, they seem to overwhelm the slight texts. In the first title, archival black-and-white and full-color photos personalize the life and legacy of Dr. King. Memorial Day effectively uses a bit of historical trivia to introduce the origins of this commemorative celebration. Presidents' Day uses quotes from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to add interest to the accounts of the two leaders whose birthdays were once remembered on separate days. Each spread has at least one image, but several of the pictures are just filler. Each title has a map showing celebrations across the country, a quiz to check what readers have learned, a page of facts, sources, crafts, and a recipe. Those who already own the "True Books" series (Children's) already have excellent information on these holidays. These books are serviceable supplements.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.