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Children's LiteratureThe 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