What Does the President Look Like?by Jane Hampton Cook, Adam Ziskie (Illustrator)
What would you do if the President of the United States visited your town? Grab your digital camera, of course ! You've seen the president's picture on TV at least amillion times. But wait. Before YouTube, television, and cameras, how did people know what the president looked like? From paintings to political cartoons, newsreels and simple photography, you will
What would you do if the President of the United States visited your town? Grab your digital camera, of course ! You've seen the president's picture on TV at least amillion times. But wait. Before YouTube, television, and cameras, how did people know what the president looked like? From paintings to political cartoons, newsreels and simple photography, you will discover how the American people came to know what the president looked like and how technology changed what we see and how we see it.
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Jane Hampton Cook and Adam Ziskie have created one of those fun treasures which will satisfy the advanced Historian as well as entertain the youngest of readers. Packed with interesting and fun facts, Cook takes the reader through a unique history of the U.S. Presidency and lays out how the limits and development of technology in the media have helped shape how we have come to view and relate to our Presidents through time. This is one of those books you will read to your kids today and quote facts from for years to come.
"This is so much fun!" I kept repeating out loud as I read through Jane Hampton Cook's new book, What Does the President Look Like? I have taught children and teenagers for more than 25 years and can't wait to integrate this delightful resource into upcoming teaching sessions! Particularly insightful are Jane's tidbits of how new cultural advances and inventions bring the presidency closer and closer to Americans. Acting as a media docent, Jane leads the reader on a captivating walk through history. She starts the journey when most Americans don't even know what President Washington looks like. Then, Jane ushers us into the television era when President Roosevelt becomes the first president to appear on TV, and highlights how the advances of the Internet have impacted our view of the presidency. Now, we can actually hold the President of the United States in the palm of our hands! Not only is What Does the President Look Like? an enjoyable journey through history, it is also a meaningful one as well. Images have power - incredible power. Stopping to help children reflect on the importance of the President's image will open new avenues of dialogue and discovery for them. In an age when children are daily bombarded by images, this book will help them analyze and process what they are seeing. I highly recommend it!
Jane has written a book that is full of fun facts in an area that all kids today seem to be interested in---media! I loved the way she shows the growing impact media has had on politics and who wins office- such as the photo Matthew Brady took of Lincoln that was sold in stores prior to his election and the television debates between Kennedy and Nixon- she points out the impact these new forms of image sharing has had on history. She also explains how different media works (stereographs, internet, and others) which helps kids understand the technology deeper. Website addresses given in the book provide readers the chance to do further investigation of these various forms of media. What Does the President Look Like? is very accessible reading full of historical facts yet written in a light and engaging form. This book will be an asset to any learning environment- home or school.