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Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets Hardcover – November 17, 1998

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First pets have always been popular, including such notables as FDR's Scottish terrier, Fala; Caroline Kennedy's pony, Macaroni; and Amy Carter's cat, Misty. President Clinton's cat, Socks, and his chocolate Labrador, Buddy, have also managed to attract quite a few fans since landing in the White House, the majority being curious children who have lots of interesting questions and aren't shy about sharing! In Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gathers together more than 80 full-color photographs of the dynamic duo and 50 letters to them from kids across the United States and offers answers to their most-often-asked questions. From "Socks Stats" and a "Buddy Bio" to a FAQ page for each, and "Socks and Buddy's Guide to Good Pet Care," children will be delighted with the generous information provided on two of their favorite pets, as well as the "pet history" of the White House and a look into how letters to Socks and Buddy are received, sorted, and answered at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home. Clinton, who is donating all of the author proceeds from the sale of this book to the National Park Foundation, also devotes a chapter to suggesting numerous ways that "parents can help their children initiate and enjoy the experience of writing and receiving letters," making this a treasure for both parents and children alike.

About the Author

Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She is the author of several bestselling books, including her memoirs, Hard Choices and Living History, and her groundbreaking work on children, It Takes a Village.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684857782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857787
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A book for all dog and cat owners. I liked the way she organized the photographs between the children's letters. Some of the children's letters had drawings that my grandchildren enjoyed. I thought Buddy's Bio and Socks Stats where clever, and we tried the same idea to describe other pets. My children grew up with pets, but my grandchildren do not have room for pets. So we read this book about Buddy and Socks whenever they want to know more about having pets. Usually it leads to drawing a picture or writing a story afterwards.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to be an animal lover to love this intimate look at the Clintons and their pets, Socks and Buddy. "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy, Kids' Letters To The First Pets" is a great match of childrens' engaging letters to the President's cat and dog,with the First Lady's stories and facts about not only their pets, but former White House furry residents. The wonderful photographs throughout the book give the reader a look at what life inside the White House is for the First Dog and the First Cat. This is a "feel good" book that will put a smile on everyone's face, regardless of age, political affiliation or animal preference. The point of this book is to encourage children to write letters, whether the letters are meant for the President or for a four-legged creature that chases tennis balls all day. In addition, this book will bring attention to the importance of treating animals with love and respect. Five meows, five barks and five stars for this great holiday release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1998
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"Dear Socks, Dear Buddy" is written in a sweet, easy-to-read style that would appeal to kids or adults of all ages. In addition to letters written to Socks and Buddy and answers to questions most frequently asked in them, Hillary Clinton includes a chapter on pet care. But the real treasure here is the photographs, which I've looked through at least a dozen times so far, and I've had the book only two days! The photos portray a more domestic side to life in the White House, and assure us that real people live there and do more than just fling politics. It's easy to tell from the photos that Socks is a tremendously patient and photogenic cat. Did you know that he goes on official visits to hospitals and senior centers in a cat carrier with the presidential seal? I found looking through this book to be very calming. If you know someone with a dog or a cat, this would make a very good gift. Hillary Clinton's proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the National Park Foundation; the publisher is donating a portion of profits to animal charities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bulldog Booksellers on December 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A must for pet lovers! The kids' letters to the Presidential Pets are sweet, honest reminders of childhood curiosity and imagination. We thoroughly enjoyed it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Richard Jones on February 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The first book that I read by the former First Lady was "It Takes A Village" which was politically brilliant as well as astute, practical and forward reaching.
This book however is absolutely wonderful, a real treasure, and shows yet again that Hilary Rodham-Clinton has very much a charming and engaging way of being able to communicate with young people. Not being a young person though I still bought the book, for myself - and I don't regret it one little bit.
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martyn_jones@iniciativas.com
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenna on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I recieved this book from my sister for Christmas and it was a great book! I couldn't put it down! I have always been curious about Socks and Buddy, and it has bios of them and stories about many other First Pets. It also tells you about what Buddy and Socks' do all day. Some of the letters from the kids' are really sweet, too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Maupin on December 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The President and First Lady's book shows the unconditional love and understanding between humans and our best friends.
The childrens' curiosity and interest shown in their letters serves as a valuable source of inspiration and learning for young and old alike.
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Sometimes a mistake can turn into a pleasant surprise. A glossy book cover depicting a dog and cat caught my attention at a recent book sale. There was text on the cover that said something about “first pets” and “letters”. I didn’t look further because I had a lot more books to look through, and I had already seen enough. Letters from my students to their first pets would make for a fun assignment. But when I finally got around to reading the book recently, I discovered that Dear Socks, Dear Buddy by Hillary Clinton is about kids’ letters to THE first pets. I prepared myself for disappointed, but then came that pleasant surprise I mentioned earlier. The book is dated, as today’s kids likely have never heard of Socks and Buddy, but it’s cute and educational. I enjoyed it, and I think kids will too.

As a pet lover I especially enjoyed the chapter entitled “Paw Prints in the White House”. For example, did you know that Socks is only the fourth cat to live in the White House? Apparently, this is why Socks became a celebrity, and was immortalized in poems, on postage stamps, and even in online cartoons. Or did you know that President Roosevelt’s children had a menagerie that included snakes, a one-legged rooster, a black bear, and two kangaroo rats? Supposedly, their best known pet was an Icelandic calico pony, which once got stuck in an elevator. Did you know that until the early part of this century, it was not uncommon for the first families to keep farm animals too? Presidents owned horses and even cows and sheep. To read more about pets in the White House, President Adam’s Alligator and Other White House Pets by Peter and Cheryl Barnes.

Dear Socks, Dear Buddy contains dozens of letters from kids to the White House pets.
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