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"A smaller percentage of 17 year olds saw adults reading in their homes in 1999 than in 1984."
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.
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!
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