Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out

Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out


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More than one hundred leading authors and illustrators donate their talents in a creative tour de force that is making history.

Conceived and co-created by the National Children’s Book and Literary Alliance, this outstanding collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry melds with an equally stunning array of original art to offer a look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Starting with a 1792 call for designers and continuing through the present day, these highly engaging writings and illustrations, expressing varied viewpoints and interwoven with key historical events, are a vital resource for family and classroom sharing — and a stirring reminder that the story of the White House is the story of every American.
Back matter includes source notes, notes on contributor, and an index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763620677
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile: NC1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance is a not-for-profit literacy organization founded in 1997 by Mary Brigid Barrett and composed of award-winning children's authors and illustrators, including M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Nikki Grimes, Steven Kellogg, David Macaulay, Patricia MacLachlan, Gregory Maguire, Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, Linda Sue Park, and Katherine Paterson. For more information about the NCBLA's goals and activities, visit www.thencbla.org.

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Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
On March 14, 1792, building commissioners in charge of the newly planned capitol city of the infant United States government issued a call for designs on a presidential mansion. The person who submitted the winning design would win five hundred dollars or a medal of the same value for their plans.

Over the next few years, with the combined efforts of world renowned builders, immigrant workers, and even slaves, the most famous house in the country rose from the ground, and admitted its first official residents--John and Abigail Adams--in the year 1800.

Today, that same house serves as much more than just the living quarters of the presidential family. Historic events that have shaped the course of the United States have taken place within its walls. On the flipside, some of the most insignificant things that have happened there have kept not only the nation, but the entire world, intrigued for generations.

From devastating fires to the antics of the president's children, from whacky pets to the ghosts of former residents, from the press corps to the secret service, and from weddings to some really tough decisions...these are only a few small slices of what this house has seen.

To the hundreds of beings who stay, visit, and work in this house every day, and to the millions of people affected by what happens in it, the White House serves as a symbol of hope, peace, and togetherness, making it not just a presidential house, but a house that belongs to all.

This impressive collection of stories, anecdotes, essays, and illustrations has been assembled by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance to offer a wide range of insight into how this historic house has shaped and changed so many lives. They've also put together a comprehensive website at www.ourwhitehouse.org which expands on the information and stories featured in the book. You can even download a Barack Obama sticker to add to the line of presidents found in the book's timetable.
rsamet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Created by 108 renowned authors and illustrators with distinctive styles and voices, and expressing different genres and opinions, this beautiful volume from the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance is a must have for every school and public library collection. The book tells the story of the White House, broken into short sections which each have a distinct author and illustrator. Sections are arranged by historical periods, and themes, and include a bounty of information about people (including Presidents and First Ladies, as well as others) who have lived in the white house. There are a variety of artistic and literary styles represented, which keeps it interesting, but is still incredibly informative. Contents are laid out clearly in the Table of Contents, and the book also contains an index. HIGHLY recommended for grades 5 and up, could be used as an alternative or supplementary civics or US History textbook, and would also be great for a classroom collection.
blufordgill2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You can help nurture political junkies with this terrific book!I have shared this book with several groups from pre-schoolers to adults and all have found aspects to gravitate to. The book is broken down into units that cluster similar themes together as well as providing chronological sections. I loved the variety of authors included and vivid artwork.
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