White House Kids

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Living in America's most famous residence might seem glamorous at first—it's the most fun place any kid could live! There's a bowling alley in the basement, chefs are always available to prepare whatever you're craving, and sometimes presidential aides will even help you with your homework! But life isn't always easy for the youngsters who call the White House home. They're always in the spotlight, and those pesky Secret Service agents are always around. For every perk, there's a problem. From Washington to ...

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Overview

Living in America's most famous residence might seem glamorous at first—it's the most fun place any kid could live! There's a bowling alley in the basement, chefs are always available to prepare whatever you're craving, and sometimes presidential aides will even help you with your homework! But life isn't always easy for the youngsters who call the White House home. They're always in the spotlight, and those pesky Secret Service agents are always around. For every perk, there's a problem. From Washington to Obama, see the White House through the eyes of the children and grandchildren. Filled with wacky, weird, and wonderful stories, it shows what it's like to call the president Dad (or Granddad or Uncle). Find out what schools they went to, what mischief they caused, and what pets they had. There are first-person accounts from letters and interviews, fascinating photos, original illustrations, and even a section that follows the children after they left the White House.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
The author introduces young readers to the presidential families. Readers view the White House through the eyes of the seventy children and grandchildren of the respective presidents. The material covers the perks, pleasures, problems, and pratfalls of the Presidents' children from George Washington to Barack Obama. The Contents page defines the scope of the materials in the four chapters. These chapters address the First White House Kids, In the Spotlight, The Best Playground Available, and The Perks and Problems. An introductory section explains about Your New Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, and what is involved living there. Graphics, pastel-like artwork, and photographs enhance the text throughout the book. Sidebars with some of the photographs and graphics provide relevant information. Appendices include sections on "And Then What Happened?" and "The Presidents and First Ladies." The Bibliography gives additional resources for further research. An Index provides easy navigation through the text. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
Kirkus Reviews
A fascinating and entertaining insider's intimate view of the White House through the eyes of 70 children and grandchildren of our commanders in chief. Through first-person accounts from letters and interviews, Rhatigan reveals the perks and problems of living in America's most famous residence. A bowling alley in the basement and chefs available to make any food you want sound great, but you also have to put up with reporters following your every move and Secret Service agents never letting you out of sight. Readers learn how life in the White House has changed since John Adams and his family first occupied the mansion, who were the worst behaved presidential children, about the menageries of animals that have come and gone, and what kind of relationships children had with their parents. Factoids sprinkled throughout the text offer anecdotes about White House weddings, gifts presidential kids received and ghosts that supposedly haunt the mansion. Attractively designed in a scrapbook format with appropriate use of red, white and blue, the text is abundantly illustrated with photographs and archival images. An inviting collection of insightful, interesting and often wacky and weird facts and stories about U.S. presidents and their families. (appendices, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936140800
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 664,730
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Rhatigan has authored more than fifteen books for children and adults, including DON'T UNRAVEL WHEN YOU TRAVEL and OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD ASTRONOMY. He has also produced several best-selling books and series, including 101 PLACES YOU GOTTA SEE BEFORE YOU'RE 12!, WHITE HOUSE KIDS, and the My Very Favorite Art Book series. Joe has been a poet, a teacher, a marketing manager, and a newspaper boy. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three children.

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