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Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)
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Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)

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by Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
 

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Every U.S. president is the focus of public scrutiny, but how well do we know these men? What kind of fathers do presidents make? Husbands? Neighbors? Other books focus on the historical achievements of those who have occupied our country's highest office; Lives of the Presidents looks instead at their bad habits, silly nicknames, and strange pets. Every

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Every U.S. president is the focus of public scrutiny, but how well do we know these men? What kind of fathers do presidents make? Husbands? Neighbors? Other books focus on the historical achievements of those who have occupied our country's highest office; Lives of the Presidents looks instead at their bad habits, silly nicknames, and strange pets. Every president—from George Washington to Barack Obama—is included, with an emphasis on those who have had the greatest impact on history. Discover their high points, low points, and the times in between. In this stunning addition to their acclaimed series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt take us beyond politics and photo opportunities, revealing the entertaining, complex, and very real lives of the presidents.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This new edition is sure to be even more popular than the original title (Harcourt, 1998) as it includes Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who are given the same cheeky-but-respectful treatment as their predecessors. Bush's entry is particularly irreverent—the DUI charge, choking on pretzels, and his "Bushisms" are all fair game. However, Krull skirts around the controversial 2000 election. She provides further information on ex-Presidential activity since 1998, such as Jimmy Carter's Nobel Prize, Ronald Reagan's passing, and the Clintons' post-White House work. All other entries and art are virtually unaltered. Guaranteed to inject some levity into the ubiquitous presidential biography assignment, the 2011 Lives of the Presidents is a must-have for elementary schools and public libraries.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Krull (Lives of the Writers; Lives of the Athletes) has a proven knack for delivering generous dollops of covert asides along with fun facts and pertinent information when it comes to profiling famous figures. This latest effort does not disappoint. Beginning with her debunking of the myth that George Washington had wooden teeth, Krull briskly moves through the list of White House inhabitants, discussing their personality quirks and qualifications for elected office (or seeming lack thereof) as well as offering tidbits about their marriages and love lives, favorite foods and pastimes, family pets and, of particular import these days, scandals. She goes so far as to mention that President Clinton has "admitted privately that he has had affairs," and hints at his reputation as a womanizer. Presidents whose terms had major historical significance and more recent chiefs of state are given longer entries (two to three pages) while the others receive paragraphs. All, however, are written up in the same chatty and intriguing tone. In watercolor-and-colored-pencil paintings, Hewitt, in her signature style, depicts each president with a very large head and smaller body. Background scenery and dress suggest the historical era and significant details about the man; those presidents with a full-page portrait include an inset, smaller portrait of the First Lady in the top left corner of the painting. Young readers will find many of the school-report essentials here--birthplaces and dates, number of terms in office--and plenty of items that will surely entertain as well as educate.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The talented team of Krull and Hewitt continue their biographical collaboration with this survey of American presidents. The book is light on policy and heavy on idiosyncracies, as promised, and makes for an entertaining read. Probably due to space considerations, the emphasis is on the big names and recent presidents, but one longs for more extensive coverage of really interesting individuals such as John Quincy Adams. The book should whet the reader's appetite for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547498096
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/03/2011
Series:
Lives of... Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
350,379
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com.

Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.

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Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes the presidents exactly what they are: HUMAN! Kathryn Hewitt's clever illustrations drew me to the book; Kathleen Krull's lively stories kept me from putting it down! Learning of the presidents' favorite late night snacks (which one loved to lie on the floor, reading a book and eating cornbread?), favorite animals (some had menageries in the White House), and their true views on slavery, civil rights, and women's rights (which did not always agree with their public views) made for fascinating reading. By no means is this book meant to replace a more historical study of the presidents; it is rather, an entertaining supplement. However, don't be surprised if it sparks further study of the presidents, and U.S. history in general.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the unknown facts/information about the presidents
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