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Fandex Family Field Guides: Presidents Paperback – Box set, January 10, 1998
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This is a beautiful set and well-worth the 9.95 it sells for.
Each card has a beautiful die-cut portrait. The dates of the presidency are included as well as the Vice President's name and the First Lady's name. Every card has a surprisingly thorough bio. Of course, due to space constraints, not everything is listed here. However, many facts are included and those facts definitely whet one's appetite for more information.
Did you know that Franklin Pierce's classmate was Nathaniel Hawthorne? Or, that Herbert Hoover emerged from retirement in 1946 to distribute food supplies to the poor? I didn't know these facts and I didn't know that Rutherford B Hayes undertook the reform of the appalling conditions of mental hospitals (while governor).
In addition to the President cards, there are also cards that give a bit of data on each Vice President. So, in just a second or so, I can find out that Garret A Hobart (VP to McKinley) was a New Jersey lawyer and banker, that he was a 12-year member of the Republican National Committee, and that he died in office. There is also a clear, but small, portrait next to each VP synopsis.
All in all, this is a great set and fun to read. It's very high quality and, although geared to children, is interesting and informative for adults, as well.
I like the fact that each president has a photo, as well as pertinent info: Date of birth and death, Number; Party represented; Vice President; First Lady's name. As well, there is a bio and some history for each one, including events leading up to and what happened while he was in office.
The only quibble I have about these decks is that sometimes when they're completely fanned out, the edges of the illustrations get caught up in each other, making it hard to close them properly. But other than that, they're cute, informative, and a nice format for kids.
Ford - "proceeded cautiously in the mistaken belief that limiting government spending here and making tax cuts there would suffice"
Carter - "Delicious vindication... has become the most productive of our living presidents..."
Regan - "the Teflon President"
Clinton - "sinkholes of sexual allegation that threatened to swallow him"
I will pass the long winded full of disdain chapter on Bush Senior. All in all, avoid if you want to have even a balanced view of history. This is not it.
This Fandex collection is great! I love the 50 States (Fandex Family Field Guides) too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This "book" on U.S. Presidents IS more like fancy flash cards than a real book. There are lots of fun facts that just may help you on a trivia night. Read morePublished 10 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
I needed this cards very fast, had to give them to my son's teacher before school is over. Got them in about 3 days. Fast delivery. Love it!Published 19 months ago by olga bolognia
My 7 yr old grandson is interested in presidents at the moment and these were perfect for him. They are well made and he will wear them out long before they fall apart. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Patricia A Adams
I bought this for my 3/4 grade but the reading level is a little high and the print a little small for my students.Published on November 1, 2013 by Sara H Golieb
Written by someone who definitely has an "angst to grind." Poor choice of words, which are openly dripping with disdain, leave this book lacking in professional tone. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Jonathan
Students love the Fandex! I have used Fandex's in US History Class for a long time and it inspires students to create their own Fandex style history projects.Published on August 29, 2011 by A. Luna