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Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies

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A fascinating look at the president and first lady for children 8 and older. Meet the extraordinary men and women who inspire, amaze, and enthrall us. The people who have lived in the White House -- and those who were presidents and first ladies before the great home was built -- are a chain of personalities who embody the peaceful succession of power which defines the United States system of government. Did you know... James Buchanan was a bachelor, so Harriet Lane, his niece, served as the nation's official ...
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Overview

A fascinating look at the president and first lady for children 8 and older. Meet the extraordinary men and women who inspire, amaze, and enthrall us. The people who have lived in the White House -- and those who were presidents and first ladies before the great home was built -- are a chain of personalities who embody the peaceful succession of power which defines the United States system of government. Did you know... James Buchanan was a bachelor, so Harriet Lane, his niece, served as the nation's official hostess? John Tyler had two first ladies? Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt were distant cousins? Both Barbara Bush and Laura Bush chose literacy as a focus of their work as first ladies? A concise history. The clearly presented Key Events section on every page of Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies shows what happened and when during the time of each president's administration. Biography boxes report data on important dates, places, and people in the lives of our leaders. Finding out about the complex, colorful story of the powerful couples in American history has never been simpler -- or more fun -- with this fact-packed instant reference.

Presents highlights from the lives of the presidents and their wives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Presidential trivia fans, take note. This fun book of facts about U.S. presidents, their places in history, and their first ladies is an essential addition to any seeker of interesting details of the lives of America's leaders. The book is laid out chronologically, beginning with George Washington and finishing with George W. Bush. At the bottom of each page there is a separate chronology called "Key Events" with important events in both history and the life of each individual president, which students may find very useful if they are looking to do a time line. Each two-page spread (longer for presidents who were particularly influential, such as Abraham Lincoln) includes a portrait of the president and his first lady, and a brief biography listing facts such as place of birth and political party. The back of the book is full of unusual lists and charts, showing the presidents' religious affiliations, birthplaces by state (including first ladies) and a table with each election year, the candidates, their political parties, and the numbers in the popular and electoral college votes. As with most other Dorling Kindersley books, the pictures are eye-catching and full-color when available, and laid out so the text wraps around them. While no student will be able to write a substantial report on the life of a president based on this book alone, Smithsonian Presidents and First Ladies is sure to provide spice to that same report. It is a source for unusual information not normally found in an encyclopedia. 2002, Dorling Kindersley,
— Carlie Kraft
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This breezy, entertaining survey provides basic information. Most presidential pairs are covered on double-page spreads; a few, notably George and Martha Washington, Thomas and Martha Jefferson, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, are given four pages. Each entry has a brief biographical chart for both the president and the first lady, a paragraph about each of them, key events in a chronological table, a portrait of each individual, and often an interesting sidebar. Religious affiliations, a map showing birthplaces by state, and election statistics are provided in the appendix. Illustrations, mainly in color and including photographs, portraits, and reproductions largely from the Smithsonian's collection, are attractive and interesting. Youngsters will enjoy browsing through this book but would need to turn to Elaine Pascoe's First Facts about the Presidents (Blackbirch, 1996), Pastan's First Ladies (2001), or Barber's Presidents (2000, both DK) to find enough information for a simple report. S. A. Kramer's The Look-It-Up Book of First Ladies and Wyatt Blassingame's The Look-It-Up Book of Presidents (both Random, 2000) provide even more in-depth coverage. Some text from Pastan's First Ladies is repeated verbatim in Presidents and First Ladies. A supplemental choice.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789484543
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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