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White House Kids: The Perks, Pleasures, Problems, and Pratfalls of the Presidents' Children
Contributor(s): Rhatigan, Joe, Shin, Jay (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1936140802     ISBN-13: 9781936140800
Publisher: Charlesbridge Pub Inc
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 2012
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Annotation: Shares the experiences of growing up in the White House, discusses the good and the bad, and profiles the children that have lived there.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children of presidents; United States; Juvenile literature.
Children of presidents; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Children of presidents.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Science
Dewey: 973.09/9
LCCN: 2011045090
Lexile Measure: 1130
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 9.25" W x 0.75" (1.55 lbs) 96 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 153142
Reading Level: 6.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Primary sources and anecdotal sidebars combine with an engaging text to present a thorough discussion of what it's like to be a child or teenager living in the White House. The awkward pastel illustrations detract from the presentation, but plentiful photographs augment the scrapbooklike design. This is an inviting, fact-filled look at the pros and cons of being a member of the First Family. Bib., ind.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 August)

Gr 5–8—Beginning with an overview of the young occupants of the White House, this volume richly details the perks and downfalls of being a president's child. Information on pets, favorite games and activities, stunts, ghostly sightings, and education of presidential offspring is intriguingly presented. Rhatigan explores the press's and the public's fascination with the children, particularly Ruth Cleveland, Alice Roosevelt, the Lincoln boys, and the Kennedy offspring, as well as the scrutiny and negative press endured by Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton. The author often addresses readers directly, incorporating "Imagine Living in the White House When…" and "Did You Know?" sidebars throughout. Photographs and illustrations are clearly labeled. Quotes and firsthand accounts are plentiful. Although most pages sport a great deal of text, pictures, and sidebars, the design is not overwhelming. Various White House roles, such as First Lady, Chief Usher, and the Marine Band, are defined. An appendix gives a short overview of the children's lives after they left the White House; a second appendix lists the presidents, their terms in office, and first ladies. The volume's short and succinct paragraphs will appeal to readers and will entice them to share their newfound knowledge with family members and friends.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 September)
Gr 4-5–Iconic red, white, and blue graphics—archival photos and colorful original drawings—combine with anecdotes that recount life in the spotlight, the White House as a playground, and the pros and cons of growing up there. Impeccably researched, informative, and fun. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
 
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