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Martin Van Buren (Profiles of the Presidents)

Martin Van Buren (Profiles of the Presidents)

by Robin S. Doak

A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren.


A biography discussing the personal life, education, and political career of the eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren.

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Children's Literature
Learn all about Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States of America, in this "Profiles of the Presidents" series. This book takes the reader back to the late 1700's when Van Buren was born and describes his upbringing, how his interest in politics was developed, how he lived with his wife and children until she died at an early age, the impact he made on various political figures and how they supported him, his many downfalls and failures to provide for the American people while he was U.S. President, how he lived after his term was complete, what he did with the remaining portion of his life until his death. The text is very well written and concise and flows together very well. The various illustrations throughout the chapters compliment the text well. A unique and sharp feature included is a comparison of what world events were occurred during Van Buren's life, i.e. when Van Buren began practicing law in 1803; general anesthesia is used for the first time in surgery in 1805. Also included is a table of contents, glossary, both personal and public life timeline of Van Buren, list of U.S. presidents, index, Internet sites, historical sites to visit, and books for additional reading. This is an excellent research tool for the library to use for those who want to learn more about the U.S. Presidents or to write a report. 2003, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 to 12.
— Christy Oestreich
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Succinct and clear writing makes this an accessible portrait of a lesser-known president. Concepts are explained well. The writing is objective and balances the president's accomplishments with his faults and failures. Almost every page includes a color or black-and-white photograph, drawing, or illustration of Van Buren, his contemporaries, or a scene depicting life at the time, such as the interior of a general store. Steven Ferry's Martin Van Buren (The Child's World, 2001) is similar in scope and design, but Doak's work gives more detail and explores issues a little more deeply. The content of Susan Jankowski's Martin Van Buren (Enslow, 2002) is similar, but the pages are designed to look like Web sites.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Asian Animals Series
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Robin S. Doak has been writing for children for more than 19 years. A former editor of Weekly Reader and U*S*Kids magazine, Doak has authored fun and educational materials for kids of all ages. She is a past winner of the Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award. She lives with her family in Maine.

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