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Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama

224p. bibliog. charts. chron. further reading. illus. index. photos. reprods. websites. National Geographic. 2013. Tr $24.95. ISBN 978-1-4263-1089-8.
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Gr 5–9—Children will find this beautifully illustrated resource both eye-catching and informative. The presidents' stories, presented in chronological order, include stunning full-page replicas of official portraits, a fact box of important historical details during the presidency, additional prints-both color and black and white, diagrams, etc. The conversational text is clearly written and full of interesting facts about the men's personal lives, humorous incidents, political backgrounds, records, struggles, battles, successes, what they are most famous for, events that occurred during their administrations, and memorable quotes. Interspersed throughout are spreads that provide additional information on the executive branch of government, White House traditions such as the Easter egg roll, the first ladies, Christmas tree lighting, the vice-presidency, voting rights, campaign strategies and party politics, conventions, etc. Great for reports or personal interest, this resource will fill the bill for students, and please them as well. A chart of presidential election results from 1789 to the present, a detailed index, resource guide with web and book materials, and an extensive bibliography complete the volume.—Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE

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