If You Want a Friend in Washington: Wacky, Wild & Wonderful Presidential Pets

If You Want a Friend in Washington: Wacky, Wild & Wonderful Presidential Pets

by Erin McGill

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Overview

A clever, funny, and informative look at the pets—from Calvin Coolidge's wallaby to Teddy Roosevelt's flying squirrels—that have passed through the White House gates. Perfect for fans of I Am George Washington and So You Want to Be President?

President Truman famously said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." And a dog is what many presidents got. From James Garfield to Calvin Coolidge to Richard Nixon, presidents often found a friend in Fido (in fact, Abe Lincoln's pup was actually named Fido). Others preferred cats, horses, small critters, or even big, ferocious animals like bears and alligators. With a catchy refrain ("If you want a friend in Washington . . . , "), this is a funny, educational book about the animals that have passed through the White House. Whether it's favorite dogs like Barbara Bush's Millie or the Obamas' Bo; Abraham Lincoln's cat, Dixie; Calvin Coolidge's hippo, Billy; or Andrew Jackson's foul-mouthed parrot, Poll, Erin McGill brings to life a menagerie of presidential pets in this entertaining, whimsical, and carefully researched picture book that's perfect for animal lovers and history buffs alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593122693
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/07/2020
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 249,630
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Erin McGill received a BFA in illustration at Pratt Institute, where she discovered her love of patterns, textiles, and collage. She is the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Fellowship, a Highlights Foundation grant, the SCBWI Portfolio Award, and the SCBWI Award for Humor. She is the author-illustrator of I DO NOT LIKE AL'S HAT, with two picture books forthcoming. This is her first nonfiction project.

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