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OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT

Author: National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance

Illustrator: various

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This collection of more than 100 short essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, and poetry is combined with some stunning original art to give the young reader a look at American politics through the portals of the White House. It begins with the call in 1792 for designs for a presidential mansion and continues right up to today. This is an illustrated history of the President's house.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 9 and up

Age of Child: Review pending.

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This book is filled with fascinating material about the White House and those who lived there. It should kindle a young person's interest in politics as well as American history.

Pros: Not only is this a valid research book for any home or school library but just plain fun to read as well. You can read just a few chapters at a time, focus on a particular president or just dive into the whole volume.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. I'd buy this book because if you check it out from the library you won't want to return it!

If You Liked This Book, Try: RED THUNDER; SECRETS, SPIES, AND SCOUNDRELS AT YORKTOWN   100 AMERICAN WOMEN WHO SHAPED AMERICAN HISTORY   A HORSE'S TALE; A COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ADVENTURE

Educational Themes: The themes here touch on American politics, presidents, government and history.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Fiction - US history, civics, short stories, anthology, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008

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