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The White House

The White House

by Mary Firestone, Matthew Skeens
     
 

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From the early 1800s, American presidents and their families have called the White House home. But as secret service agent Keneesha explains, the White House is more than just a place to live; it’s also the president’s office and one of the country’s greatest symbols of leadership.

Overview

From the early 1800s, American presidents and their families have called the White House home. But as secret service agent Keneesha explains, the White House is more than just a place to live; it’s also the president’s office and one of the country’s greatest symbols of leadership.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Not many children get to live in the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but all youngsters can learn about this important home of the President of the United States when they pick up this informative book. Short, readable sections impart information that includes how George Washington chose land for the first home of the president, how an Irish designer came up with the best plans for the house, the first family to live there, what happened to the White House during wartime, and more. Simple concise sidebars add extra facts to the text. Basic vocabulary words in the book, such as democracy and leadership, are easy to understand in context. Like the other books in the "American Symbols" series, this one contains free-flowing computerized illustrations that may cause children to take a second and third look to see all they contain. This book offers a simple solution to letting many children "see" inside the White House without actually going there. Use it to enrich history lessons for early grades and students will retain the information when they reach middle grades.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-What sets these series titles apart from the many other books on the same topics is their simplicity. Each volume briefly explains the history and significance of its symbol. A guide, either a historical figure important in the development of the symbol or a fictional character involved in its day-to-day operation, introduces each icon. This personal tone and the clear language make these titles accessible to young listeners. Large, richly colored and highly stylized artwork flows across the covers and pages with figures that resemble plastic toys. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the actual sites, monuments, or symbols. Each volume includes a list of facts. Most collections already have more complete titles about these topics. Purchase if there's a need.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781404822238
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
American Symbols Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
257,812
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Long:

Mary Firestone has written more than thirty children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently acquiring her teaching license in Language Arts.

Mary currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her son Adam and their cat Rigley. Their home is near the Mississippi River park system where they spend time outdoors riding bikes and soaking up the wonders of local wildlife.

Short:

Mary Firestone has written more than 30 children’s books. Her books have been recommended by the National Science Teacher Association, and she has received a Best Writing in the Arts award from the Minneapolis Neighborhood Press Association. Mary and her son, Adam, love riding their bikes near their St. Paul, Minnesota, home. Their cat, Rigley, waves from the window.

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