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Was the White House always white?

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More than 200 years old, the White House is no ordinary house. The site of many significant moments in American history, this is certainly a home of great importance. Get an insider's tour of the president's mansion, with ...

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Overview

Was the White House always white?

Did someone actually burn down the White House?

Is it true that a person went skinny-dipping in a White House fountain?

More than 200 years old, the White House is no ordinary house. The site of many significant moments in American history, this is certainly a home of great importance. Get an insider's tour of the president's mansion, with the fun facts, stories, and photos available in White House Q&A

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The cover, with its insets and "headlines," tells us that this book is packed with information about all aspects of the White House, including "Historical questions! Presidential answers!" "Home Sweet White House!" "Meet a Historian." It even promises "Web Links Take You Inside the Smithsonian!" The sharp, clear photographs are accompanied by illustrations and insets of information and special interest items. The table of contents lists the questions that are covered in this book, from "What is the White House?," "How has the White House changed?" and "Who takes care of the White House?" to "Where does the first family live?," "How do first families relax?," and "Are pets allowed in the White House?" Factoids, details and tidbits appear as insets which are incorporated into the text without distracting from the body of information being presented in each section. During John Adams' term, only six of the thirty-six rooms were finished and the East Room was used to hang laundry. (How times change! It is currently one of the most highly-decorated rooms.) Covering everything from how the food is prepared to how a turkey is "spared" every Thanksgiving, this title is very inclusive in its coverage of White House topics. The scope is broad and appealing as we see the youngsters living in the White House in their daily life and even get a peek into their private quarters. The "What happens when you write to the White House?" page includes the address so that "when you write to the White House, your letter becomes part of history!" Backmatter includes a glossary, a lost of websites and books, "Meet the Curator," and an index. This would definitely be a first choice for any library building itsnon-fiction collection, as it is a perfect fit for students doing research on the White House. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
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Gr 3-5- The history and functions of the presidential residence are unveiled in the typical series format. The questions are organized so that the story of the White House unfolds logically-first with a definition of what it is, how it came to be, some of its history, how to visit, special rooms, and, of course, a look at how the first families live. Anecdotes are plentiful and child-centered. Each spread is devoted to one question and its answer. The answers are clear, but some miss opportunities to give historical reference points. Information on visiting the White House fails to explain how to make the reservation that it mentions as necessary. The final section, an interview with the White House curator, explains his background and functions. The elegant page layout includes full-color, full-bleed illustrations from Smithsonian archives and some presidential libraries. Small inset illustrations and caption boxes provide further information. Several of the photos and artworks have been seen elsewhere but others are less familiar. "Smithsonian links," URLs leading to more photos and other primary-source materials, are provided on several pages. A solid addition to use with Jane O'Connor's If the Walls Could Talk (S & S, 2004).-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060899653
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years

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White House Q&A

Chapter One

What is the White House?

It's a mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC—but it is also much more!

The White House has been the home and office of the president of the United States for more than 200 years.

The White House is where presidents make decisions that change the course of history. Where was President Abraham Lincoln when he commanded the Union army in the war that ended slavery in the United States? In the White House, of course.

The White House is also where presidents' families live and where their children grow up. Amy Carter, the daughter of President Jimmy Carter, had a tree house in the White House backyard (which is called the South Lawn).

When the White House was built, no one imagined a tree house in the garden. In fact, when the building was finished, it wasn't even called the White House—because it wasn't white!

White House Q&A. Copyright © by Denise Rinaldo. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. <%END%>
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