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First kids
Davis, Kathryn Gibbs.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2004]

Physical Description:
46 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses what life is like in the White House and presents anecdotes about the children of presidents Lincoln, Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Coolidge, Kennedy, and Clinton.
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 81396.
Added Author:

Format :


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Material Type
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J READER Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Readers

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Kids will be kids--even when they live in the White House! From Tad Lincoln (secretly called a "tyrant" ) to the Roosevelt gang (who kept a pet badger, a rat, dogs, snakes, horses, parrots, and a one-legged chicken!) to the Kennedys (who used the oval office as a playground) to Chelsea Clinton (who transformed herself from an awkward teen into an accomplished scholar), the children featured in First Kids shared a unique experience and role in American history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Author Notes

Gibbs Davis is the author of many graded readers and chapter books. The author lives in New York, NY.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

The informal cover photo of Malia and Sasha Obama smiling with their dad will pull many kids to this Step into Reading title about growing up in the White House. First published in 2004, and now updated to include the current First Family, the chatty, interactive text begins with a general introduction about the advantages of being a First Kid (you get to meet the your favorite sports and movie stars) and the disadvantages (no privacy). The chapters begin with Tad and Willie Lincoln and move on to Jesse Root Grant, Theodore Roosevelt's six mischievous kids and their many pets, the Coolidge boys, the Kennedy kids, and Chelsea Clinton; puzzlingly, the Bush family isn't included. The chapter on the Obama girls includes a list of their mother's Obama Rules, a quick look at the girls' personality differences and the fun that they have together, and a final smiling view of the family sharing a book. Timely and filled with photos and images, this will draw plenty of interest.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2009 Booklist