Cover image for Lives of the presidents fame, shame, and what the neighbors thought
Lives of the presidents fame, shame, and what the neighbors thought
Rev. ed.
Publication Information:
Boston : Harcourt Children's Books, 2011.
Physical Description:
1 online resource (104 p.) : col. ill.
Target Audience:
1240 L
George Washington -- John Adams -- Thomas Jefferson -- James Madison -- James Monroe -- John Quincy Adams -- Andrew Jackson -- Martin Van Buren -- William Henry Harrison -- John Tyler -- James K. Polk -- Zachary Taylor -- Millard Filmore -- Franklin Pierce -- James Buchanan -- Abraham Lincoln -- Ulysses S. Grant -- Rutherford B. Hayes -- James A. Garfield -- Chester A. Arthur -- Grover Cleveland -- Benjamin Harrison -- William McKinley -- Theodore Roosevelt -- William H. Taft -- Woodrow Wilson -- Warren G. Harding -- Calvin Coolidge -- Herbert Hoover -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Harry S. Truman -- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- John F. Kennedy -- Lyndon B. Johnson -- Richard M. Nixon -- Gerald R. Ford -- Jimmy Carter -- Ronald Reagan -- George Bush -- Bill Clinton -- George W. Bush -- Barack Obama.
Focuses on the lives of presidents as parents, husbands, pet-owners, and neighbors while also including humorous anecdotes about hairstyles, attitudes, diets, fears, and sleep patterns.
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Every U.S. president is the focus of public scrutiny, but how well do we know these men? What kind of fathers do presidents make? Husbands? Neighbors? Other books focus on the historical achievements of those who have occupied our country's highest office; Lives of the Presidents looks instead at their bad habits, silly nicknames, and strange pets. Every president--from George Washington to Barack Obama--is included, with an emphasis on those who have had the greatest impact on history. Discover their high points, low points, and the times in between. In this stunning addition to their acclaimed series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt take us beyond politics and photo opportunities, revealing the entertaining, complex, and very real lives of the presidents.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-From Washington to Clinton, author Kathleen Krull irreverently but respectfully peeks behind-the-scenes at these famous leaders' lives. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Krull (Lives of the Writers; Lives of the Athletes) has a proven knack for delivering generous dollops of covert asides along with fun facts and pertinent information when it comes to profiling famous figures. This latest effort does not disappoint. Beginning with her debunking of the myth that George Washington had wooden teeth, Krull briskly moves through the list of White House inhabitants, discussing their personality quirks and qualifications for elected office (or seeming lack thereof) as well as offering tidbits about their marriages and love lives, favorite foods and pastimes, family pets and, of particular import these days, scandals. She goes so far as to mention that President Clinton has "admitted privately that he has had affairs," and hints at his reputation as a womanizer. Presidents whose terms had major historical significance and more recent chiefs of state are given longer entries (two to three pages) while the others receive paragraphs. All, however, are written up in the same chatty and intriguing tone. In watercolor-and-colored-pencil paintings, Hewitt, in her signature style, depicts each president with a very large head and smaller body. Background scenery and dress suggest the historical era and significant details about the man; those presidents with a full-page portrait include an inset, smaller portrait of the First Lady in the top left corner of the painting. Young readers will find many of the school-report essentials here‘birthplaces and dates, number of terms in office‘and plenty of items that will surely entertain as well as educate. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

(Intermediate) In the spirit of earlier books in the Lives of... series, Krull and Hewitt turn their binoculars on that highly visible American political institution-the presidency. The result is a collection of offbeat sketches, varied in length to match the significance of the subject. Without being malicious or muckraking, they transform icons into human beings with distinct, sometimes quirky, personalities who have more in common with their constituents than one might imagine. The redoubtable John Adams, for example, once took a sliver of wood from a chair at Shakespeare's birthplace! Mamie Eisenhower regularly watched her favorite soap opera, ""As the World Turns."" In this brief, pithy, and lively format, the collaborators have adapted the techniques of the popular press to a dandy game of trivial pursuit as addictive as it is fascinating. By the way, don't overlook the subtleties in Kathryn Hewitt's lively caricatures, particularly the cover, where Hilary Clinton may be found chatting with Eleanor Roosevelt. m.m.b. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Krull and Hewitt, using the successful format that began with Lives of the Musicians (1993), now turn their attention to the U.S. presidents. As in the previous books, and as the subtitle indicates, the book deals with the minutiae of the subjects' lives, with only an occasional nod toward their accomplishments. Important presidents--such as Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and all the post^-World War II crowd--get a full-page illustration (wives are featured in cameos) and several pages of text. Others, like Rutherford Hayes ("With whiskers so long they dipped into his soup") and Benjamin Harrison ("the Human Iceberg") get a short paragraph. Much of the fun of these books is Hewitt's stylish pictures that use elements of caricature and sly bits of details. For instance, the portrait of President Kennedy features a Frank Sinatra album next to the record player; Checkers' leash is wrapped around Richard Nixon's legs, and Nixon holds a reel of tape in his hand. Other facts? The sleeping arrangements of some of the presidential couples: Woodrow Wilson and his first wife slept in separate bedrooms, but he and his second wife, Edith, moved Lincoln's bed into their room. Bibliography. --Ilene Cooper