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National Geographic presents the 43 individuals who have led the U.S., plus America's newest commander-in-chief, in this up-to-date, authoritative, and lavishly illustrated family, school, and library reference. It features comprehensive profiles of the 43 former presidents along with timelines and descriptions of crucial events during their terms. Information about the 2016 president-elect is also included.
Thematic spreads cover a variety of topics from the history of voting rights to writing a presidential letter. Full-page portraits, famous quotes, and fascinating facts help kids get to know each leader. This new volume is a fascinating read and excellent reference for students and kids of all ages.
About the Author
ANN BAUSUM writes about U.S. history for young people, and she has published eight titles with National Geographic Children's Books including, most recently, Marching to the Mountaintop (2012) and Unraveling Freedom (2010). Ann's books consistently earn prominent national recognition. Denied, Detained, Deported(2009) was named the 2010 Carter G. Woodson Book Award winner at the secondary school level from the National Council for the Social Studies. Muckrakers(2007) earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers. In addition, Ann has written about the nation's chief executives and their spouses Our Country's Presidents(2013, 4th edition) and Our Country's First Ladies (2007) as well as the intrepid explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs, 2000).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book! Designed to present each of the 43 individuals who have been elected to serve as America's President, it far surpasses a book of mini-biographies of people. It is a compilation of factual information relating to the Office of President of the United States of America, how the Presidency came to be, how the Electoral College works, voting rights, etc. Sequenced chronologically, the reader can follow through how the country developed under the leadership of each of these Presidents. From our Country's inception and formative leadership, through years of discovery and expansion and on into the atomic age, America has grown guided by our governing principals and leaders who strove for America's best The January 2017 edition of Our Country's Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency was designed for the inclusion of the most recently elected President, Donald Trump, and released just days prior to his inauguration. Packed with lots of pictures that aid in understanding and focus on the points being addressed on each page, the book is a storehouse of information that children and adults alike will pour over for many hours returning to the book time and time again. Designed for ages 10 and up, I can actually see it being used also with younger children as one explains to them the election process and the inauguration of a new president. What an educational treasure this book is with it's short biographies of each President and other facts relative to the presidency. I highly recommend this for every school and public library, home libraries, and homeschool libraries. I received a complimentary copy from publicist to facilitate this review of my honest opinions.
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." On January 20, 2017 the forty-fifth man, Donald Trump, will swear the oath of office and become the President of the United States. The forty-four men preceding him have taken on a heavy responsibility guiding the American people through times of war, terrorist attacks, internal strife, depression and economic uncertainty. Our Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency by award winning author Ann Bausum is a comprehensive reference to the lives of these leaders. Written for children age 10 and up, the information presented is excellent for readers looking to discover more about the presidents and their history. Whether for school or their own enjoyment, readers are sure to find fascinating facts within the pages of this most recent volume. Arranged in chronological order, around six historical time periods, presidential profiles are intermixed with two page spreads that cover a wide range of fascinating topics. From the creation of the White House, the history of voting rights, fun and unique White House traditions, to the foundation of the two party system; historic images and well researched text bring to life the office of the presidency. Each president is profiled with a full page reproduction of the presidential portrait and carefully researched text that includes background, education, careers, election highlights, crucial presidential events, and retirement activities. Included are fascinating tidbits sure to delight budding historians and pop culture fanatics. A fact box includes a copy of the president’s signature and other intriguing details, such as election opponents and nicknames. Historical prints, illustrations, portraits and maps litter the profiles, which range in length from 2-6 pages. The reference section of the volume begins with a summary of U.S. elections that includes the results of every election with the names of the victors and major challengers. This chart also shows the results of the Electoral College vote and the popular vote after it started in 1824. A resource guide for finding more information is included, along with a bibliography and index. Released only every four years, just in time for inauguration, the just released Our Country’s Presidents is a highly recommended, authoritative encyclopedia of the U.S. presidency. Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review