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PETS AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Author: Marge Kennedy

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Publisher: Children’s Press, An Imprint of Scholastic Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Animals from cats and dogs to ponies and snakes have lived at the White House. This book teaches you about the different animals that called the White House home. This is a nonfiction picture book that offers a history of pets at the White House.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because the title interested her. We have read it several times. She enjoyed learning about the different kinds of animals that people had as pets. She was surprised because she always thought they only had cats or dogs.She enjoyed the part where they talked about a goat and sheep. She said that was really cool that they had different animals there, not just cats and dogs.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed how simple it was for kids to understand and yet still interesting for me as an adult. I was surprised she liked it so much as it was just about pets but it really interested her to read about a place like the White House having all these different kinds of pets.

Pros: This is a good book to interest kids in history.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is enjoyable reading and would be perfect for the classroom, school, or public library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: OUR WHITE HOUSE: LOOKING IN, LOOKING OUT   DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS   PRESIDENT'S DAY

Educational Themes: This is a nice "back door" way to introduce kids in elementary school to history and government.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals, US history

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2009

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