The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States

The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States

by Alice Provensen
     
 

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This rich pageant of the American presidents is the culmination of award-winning author-illustrator Alice Provensen's distinguished career. Using detailed vignettes that capture each era, witty couplets, and extensive factual material, Provensen takes readers on a journey from George Washington through Barack Obama. Newly updated, this twentieth anniversary edition

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This rich pageant of the American presidents is the culmination of award-winning author-illustrator Alice Provensen's distinguished career. Using detailed vignettes that capture each era, witty couplets, and extensive factual material, Provensen takes readers on a journey from George Washington through Barack Obama. Newly updated, this twentieth anniversary edition is a treasure trove of American history.

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 “Like all the best nonfiction, Provensen’s work should tempt readers to further research. Yet the book is also a treasure in itself; no matter how often one mines its informational gems, its riches are not depleted. The Buck Stops Here has all the feel of an immediate classic.”—Publishers Weekly

“Children will be pleased to make the acquaintance of the forty-one U. S. presidents in this large format book in which so much delights the eye and intellect that each page encourages encore perusals.”—SLJ

“This is a book to drive a young mind to a lifetime’s love affair with our country’s history.”—Christopher Buckley, Washington Post

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Provensen updates her compendium of presidential portraits to include Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Rhyming couplets serve as footers beneath detailed earth-toned watercolor illustrations that fill each page with miniature scenes featuring campaign slogans, historical events with time line dates, and major accomplishments and inopportune failures. Illustrated historical events, some nonpolitical, graciously surround each man's portrait and term in office. Each president's personality is indirectly revealed through facial expressions that disclose personal struggles with some of America's most difficult executive decisions. For example, the couplet "Junior Bush, Forty-three/Plagued by catastrophe" runs along the bottom of George W. Bush's desk while the tragedy of the September 11th terrorist attacks plays out through his large picture window. Barack Obama's vignette reveals some of the world's current concerns, e.g., the war in Afghanistan and struggling economy, while his wife and children plant new seeds in their White House garden as they cultivate "hope in time of war." "Notes About the Presidents," which can come in useful when writing brief reports, are appended. Unfortunately, the "Selected Bibliography" has not been updated, and the most recent title is from 1993. Nonetheless, this is an excellent introduction to America's leaders.—Krista Welz, North Bergen Public Library, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670012527
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/14/2010
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,155,436
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Alice Provensen and her husband, Martin, won the Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight. She currently lives in San Clemente, California.

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