The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol, with 21 Activities

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in the most important house in the country, or what it’s like to grow up there? Now, with The White House for Kids as your guide, you can explore the Executive Mansion for yourself. This intriguing, in-depth history of the White House explains its role as a home, an office, and a powerful symbol of the United States and tells both famous and little-known stories about some of the surprising—and sometimes surprisingly ordinary—things that go on there. Learn ...

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Overview

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live and work in the most important house in the country, or what it’s like to grow up there? Now, with The White House for Kids as your guide, you can explore the Executive Mansion for yourself. This intriguing, in-depth history of the White House explains its role as a home, an office, and a powerful symbol of the United States and tells both famous and little-known stories about some of the surprising—and sometimes surprisingly ordinary—things that go on there. Learn which president hosted T-ball games on the White House lawn; which mischievous first son was scolded for shooting spitballs at a portrait of President Andrew Jackson; which first daughter held her high school prom in the famous mansion; which first lady hung her laundry to dry in the East Room; where first families go to work, entertain, relax, and have fun; how the White House staff feels to see beloved presidential families come and go; and much more. Crosscurricular activities allow readers to walk in the footsteps of presidents and those around them.

Kids can:

* Build a model White House

* Design an official china pattern

* Play key passages of “Hail to the Chief”

* Practice signing a bill the way presidents do

* Make White House fruit punch

* Play an aerobic game designed for President Hoover

* And much more

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Editorial Reviews

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"An engaging history of a country through the biography of its most famous dwelling." —Kirkus Reviews

"A great resource" and  "in-depth and engaging introduction to our nation's most famous home." —School Library Journal

"Attractive, informative, and up-to-date, this is a solid choice for library collections." —Booklist

"Kids who are interested in our president's home will learn plenty here...I can't get over the kid-friendliness of this book, or the plethora of photos, or the abundance of sidebars, and I think children will like it." —The Bookworm Sez

“This is a must purchase for a school or classroom library and also a book you might want to have your child read before a visit to the nation's capital.” —BookLoons

“This is a must purchase for a school or classroom library and also a book you might want to have your child read before a visit to the nation's capital.” —BookLoons

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
As one of the most famous residences in the world, the White House attracts fans of history and current events alike. For the most part, the White House is a grown up venue. Decisions are made there can change the whole country, even the whole world. However, much of the emphasis of the book is on the lives of children who lived in the White House, both the pluses of having your own swimming pool, bowling alley etc. and the minuses of always being on display. This focus and the wonderful pictures—including Susan Ford’s prom held at the White House and a 2010 snowball fight held on the White House lawn—will draw in young readers. Once hooked, they will learn the history of the building, some of the stresses of being president (and being a president’s kid), who works at the White House, what kind of parties are thrown there, and what a normal day is like. Like other books in the “For Kids” series, author House includes activities for crafts, including building a model White House, designing White House china, playing “Hail to the Chief,” and a recipe for White House fruit punch. The book will work again and again in curriculum as students study both United States History and then the branches of the government in many different grades. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen; Ages 9 up.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 4–7—House has provided a great resource for readers seeking to learn more about the famous residence and its role in American history, past and present. The text describes the White House's transformation from its early beginnings to the landmark we know today. Amid many kid-friendly facts and anecdotes, descriptions of the role of the building as an office, workplace, and home for the First Family are delivered. Chapters focusing on holidays, home life, entertaining, and growing up there provide a complete view of the building. The text is generously accompanied by photographs through the years as well as its many inhabitants, and a time line marks monumental moments in history. Engaging activities geared toward bringing history alive include baking Chelsea Clinton's favorite chocolate chip cookies, practicing signing a bill the way a president does, and creating a model White House. An in-depth and engaging introduction to our nation's most famous home.—Lauren M. Sinacore, George M. Davis Elementary School, New Rochelle , NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-01
The latest installment in the For Kids series offers a biography of a house. "Even if you don't know your best friend's house number, chances are you know the address for the White House." The premise may or may not be true nowadays, but young readers will certainly be drawn in by this kid-friendly approach to history. The story of the White House represents much of the history of the United States, and it's fitting that a biography of a house be written by an author named House. From George Washington, who died before the White House was finished and thus never slept there, to Barack Obama playing basketball at the White House, this narrative of American history is chock-full of photographs, diagrams and sidebars. The series' signature activities include how to write a letter to the president, make stilts (since Theodore Roosevelt's children loved walking the house and gardens on stilts), bake Chelsea Clinton's chocolate-chip cookies and hold an egg race like the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Extensive backmatter includes lists of presidents and places to visits, Web resources and a bibliography, including a few sources for young readers. An engaging history of a country through the biography of its most famous dwelling. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613744611
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Series: For Kids Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 316,954
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine House was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in nearby Arlington, Virginia. She is the author of Lighthouses for Kids and has written articles about US and Iowa history for children’s magazines including AppleSeeds, Cobblestone, and the Goldfinch.
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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    I've got several of these books and this one does not disappoint

    I've got several of these books and this one does not disappoint.  

    It starts with a timeline of some of the most important events in the history of the White House like when running water was added and when current East Wing office building was added.  

    Chapter one highlights the building of the White House starting with George Washington's help in designing it. It takes us through its destruction during the War of 1812, the building of the Oval Office and the present day layout with pictures.

    Chapter two focuses on the children that grew up in the White House. There are some cute stories about the mischief that the children got into.

    Chapter three focuses on the "toughest job in the world", that of President.

    Chapter four talks about working in the White House including the First Ladies and the busy butlers.

    Entertaining at the White House, chapter five, has many entertaining stories.

    Traditional holiday celebrations are discussed in chapter six.

    You will learn more about the home life of the President and his family in chapter seven.

    As with all of the books in the series, it includes many activities (21 to be exact) that you can use with students. There is also a list of resources in the back of the book with include websites, museums and books.

    This is a definite "must have" book for anyone that teaches about the Presidents.

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