Everyone knows that George Washington was the father of our country, but how many know that he was also the father of the White House? When he took office, George was determined to build a fine home for future presidents of the new nation. He was involved in every step of the process, from selecting the location to figuring out how to get thousands of heavy bricks to the construction site. He even held a contest to choose the best design for the house. (Thomas Jefferson secretly entered the contest but lost.) George never got to live in his President's House, but every president since has called it home.
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What a cute way to teach a little history about the building of the White House. The House that George Built is a take on the old song/poem The House that Jack Built. It follows the steps that it took to build the White House starting with the finding the land, drawing the plans, digging the hole, etc. Along with that it gives history of exactly what building was like back then. It also tells about the fact that George Washington was finished his term as President before the house was even finished. At the end there are some resources and facts to enhance the story. A good book for younger children to learn some history. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The House That George Built is based on George Washington's quest to build the house that would be known as The White House. It has a running poem throughout kinda like the book The House Jack Built but with a cool history spin on it on how the White House came to be. I found this book to be a good history book for young kids who want to know more about the White House and George Washington. It's a quick read but filled with tons of wonderful Illustrations and tidbits of info. Thank You to Suzanne Slade for writing a book that makes history come to life!!