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At home with the presidents
Morris, Juddi.
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley & Sons, [1999]

Physical Description:
iv, 172 pages ; 26 cm
Describes the lives of the presidents of the United States, their families, and the various homes, libraries and other sites associated with each.

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E176.1 .M88 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
E176.1 .M88 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Get to Know the Presidents! Ever wonder what the U.S. presidents were really like? Just like the rest of us, our nation's leaders got into scrapes as kids, shared happy times with their families, had interesting hobbies, and romped with their pets. Now you can discover interesting facts about the lives of the presidents that will surprise you. Find out how Andrew Jackson's inauguration party nearly wrecked the White House, or how President Grant was almost arrested for speeding--on a horse! Do you want to know why Teddy Roosevelt's parents made him smoke cigars or why John Tyler was called the "accidental president"? All these fun facts, plus many more, are included in this book. Take a close look at the lives of all 41 U.S. presidents by meeting them as kids, getting to know their families and pets, and seeing what their lives were like inside and outside of the White House. You'll also find information about presidential places to visit, including fabulous homes and estates, libraries, and web sites. Packed with photos, drawings, and fascinating facts, this book delivers the whole inside scoop on the lives of our nation's greatest leaders.

Author Notes

JUDDI MORRIS is the award-winning author of The Harvey Girls: The Women Who Civilized the West and Tending the Fire: The Story of Maria Martinez.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Three-to-five page insightful biographies of the 41 presidents of the United States. Salient facts are interspersed with small, personal stories that reveal something of each man's nature. Morris does a good job of covering a number of defining incidents or anecdotes and is fair and balanced in her presentation. The book has small, black-and-white photographs or portraits of all of the presidents and of their homes or memorials as well as the addresses, hours, cost of admission, and Web sites (where applicable) of the historic sites. Sidebars such as Patti Davis's (Ronald Regan's daughter) advice to Chelsea Clinton about living in the White House are humorous and interesting. Morris presents such intriguing facts mixed with the mundane that readers will want to know more. For example, John Tyler's family still lives in the family home that has been a working plantation for over 240 years. Younger readers will find just enough material for a report and older students will discover the man behind the history. This worthwhile book also has browsing appeal.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1. George Washingtonp. 3
2. John Adamsp. 7
3. Thomas Jeffersonp. 11
4. James Madisonp. 16
5. James Monroep. 20
6. John Quincy Adamsp. 24
7. Andrew Jacksonp. 28
8. Martin Van Burenp. 33
9. William Henry Harrisonp. 36
10. John Tylerp. 40
11. James Knox Polkp. 44
12. Zachary Taylorp. 48
13. Millard Fillmorep. 52
14. Franklin Piercep. 55
15. James Buchananp. 59
16. Abraham Lincolnp. 62
17. Andrew Johnsonp. 66
18. Ulysses Simpson Grantp. 70
19. Rutherford Birchard Hayesp. 74
20. James Abram Garfieldp. 78
21. Chester Alan Arthurp. 82
22. Grover Clevelandp. 86
23. Benjamin Harrisonp. 90
24. William McKinleyp. 94
25. Theodore Rooseveltp. 98
26. William Howard Taftp. 103
27. Woodrow Wilsonp. 107
28. Warren Gamaliel Hardingp. 111
29. Calvin Coolidgep. 115
30. Herbert Clark Hooverp. 119
31. Franklin Delano Rooseveltp. 123
32. Harry S. Trumanp. 128
33. Dwight David Eisenhowerp. 132
34. John Fitzgerald Kennedyp. 136
35. Lyndon Baines Johnsonp. 140
36. Richard Milhous Nixonp. 145
37. Gerald Rudolph Fordp. 150
38. James Earl Carter, Jr.p. 154
39. Ronald Wilson Reaganp. 158
40. George Herbert Walker Bushp. 162
41. William Jefferson Clintonp. 166
Suggested Readingp. 172