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Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama Hardcover – January 13, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Updated edition (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426303750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426303753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—This update of the 2005 edition includes a large cover photo of Barack Obama, a foreword by him, revised coverage of George W. Bush's tenure, and a brief overview of Obama's political career and election. Four new two-page essays about topics related to the presidency—White House traditions, the relationship between presidents and the Supreme Court, the use of pollsters and polling in elections and governance, and campaigning—have been added. Two previous essays about campaigns and elections have been removed, leaving a total of 18 essays with subjects ranging from a history of the White House to the elder-statesman role played by former presidents. The remainder of the book is unchanged. The profiles range from one to six pages in length and are divided into six groups based upon broad historical eras. Each entry includes information and anecdotes about the man's family, education, political career and administration, and post-presidency. They all include a full-page reproduction of the president's official portrait and high-quality photos and illustrations. This book is attractive and readable and is a good choice for libraries that do not hold earlier editions and need material on the presidents. However, despite the inclusion of information about Obama, the revisions are not significant enough to warrant replacement by libraries that own the previous edition.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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From Booklist

It’s easy to see that this edition of the title has been updated: there’s a photo of Barack Obama on the cover, and he wrote the foreword. (In the 2005 volume, it was written by George Bush.) This exceedingly attractive offering is still chock-full of information, presented by veteran writer Bausum in such an inviting manner that children will enjoy paging through, even if there’s no school report looming. Each president is introduced with a full-page portrait, and the other historic images and photos are excellent. The book begins with an introduction to the presidency, followed by an initial time line (continued at intervals throughout the book) that explains what was happening in the U.S. The sketches of the presidents range from one page (Franklin Pierce) to five pages (Franklin Roosevelt). Full of interesting tidbits as well as solid information, the entries are supplemented by spreads on topics such as polling and the 2008 election. A thoughtfully prepared book. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper

More About the Author

Ann Bausum writes about U.S. history from her home in Wisconsin, and speaks across the country about her work as an author. In 2014 the National Geographic Society published her first book for adults simultaneously with her tenth work for younger readers. Both books--Sergeant Stubby and Stubby the War Dog--celebrate the almost-forgotten story of a stray dog smuggled to Europe during World War I who returned to the United States after serving in the trenches and became a national celebrity.

These books are the latest works from a career of writing about under-told stories from the past. Her works for young readers have earned consistent recognition from librarians, peers, and reviewers. Marching to the Mountaintop (2012) won the Carter G. Woodson Award (middle grade level) from the National Council for the Social Studies and was a Jane Addams Children's Book Honor title. Other recent works include Unraveling Freedom (2010), another book that captures forgotten history from World War I, and Denied, Detained, Deported (2009) which also received the Carter G. Woodson Award (secondary level).

Muckrakers (2007) earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Freedom Riders (2006) gained Sibert Honor designation from the American Library Association, and With Courage and Cloth (2004) received the Jane Addams Children's Book Award as the year's best book on social justice issues for older readers. These and other titles appear on numerous lists of recommended and notable books.

Bausum's other books chronicle the nation's chief executives and their spouses--Our Country's Presidents (2013, 4th edition) and Our Country's First Ladies (2007)--as well as the exploits of intrepid explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs, 2000). Find out more about the author, her writing, and her author appearance programs at: www.Ann.Bausum.com. Follow her on Facebook.

Customer Reviews

The pictures are beautiful.
Mary Gene Sturkey
Ann Bausum, for the National Geographic Society, has put together a first-rate book on our country's presidents through George W. Bush.
Wayne A. Smith
OUR COUNTRY PRESIDENT'S by Ann Bausum is an interesting educational young readers/ children's book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on February 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is exactly the kind of book that can introduce history and government to young readers.
Ann Bausum, for the National Geographic Society, has put together a first-rate book on our country's presidents through George W. Bush.
Each president has at least a page dedicated to their life and presidency as well as a portrait and illustrations of events current to their times. Presidents such as Lincoln and FDR and those who have served in the modern era have four to six page spreads describing their elections, the issues, their lives and the challenges they faced as president.
The write-ups are excellent summaries aimed at explaining the highlights to youth. The photos, paintings and other illustrations make this a very inviting book that some children will browse while others delve into the writing. Either way, older elementary school children have a very inviting and informative introduction into our presidents and history that should capture young imaginations.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
From the first George to the latest (wouldn't it just be easier if we voted for the one called George..?) each president is given a few pages of analysis and historical outline - just enough to set each apart for his own achievements, failures, characteristics and ultimate fate (and other, trivial stuff too..just as interesting - read about Gerald Ford. No, really...) in a fascinating setting. And our ultmate fate? To read more about our chosen subject, put the book down having found sufficient information or, as in my case, to keep reading the well structured and accessible text. In short, if you thought presidents, especially dead ones (not the greenback kind) were boring, oh you were wrong! A book every home should have! I love it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spicy R Pepper on January 24, 2009
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This is a fantastic looking book. A full page portrait of each President begins each profile and there is a great reference table listing facts including the election year, 'number of presidency', chief opponents, vice president, and even the percent of votes and electoral votes received. Includes Barack Obama!!! I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steelers4Life on February 16, 2012
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I wanted to return this book the same day that I received it in the mail but realized it was cheaper to just keep it being that it didn't cost too much. I purchased this book to have an up to date book of Presidents being that the last one I purchased ends with the 41st President. The write up on all of the Presidents is pretty good except for the current President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. The write up is focused on his election year and his opponents! There are very few pictures of him out and about like all the other Presidents. The one good part of this book is that it does have a separate section in the back for all of the First Ladies. Great pictures. I would not recommend for anyone needing a current Presidents book. Copyright is 2009 so maybe there needs to be a more up to date edition. If so, I would buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kashley Entertainment on April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
National Geographic presents the 42 people who have led the nation in this fully up to date, authoritative, and lavishly illustrated family reference guide: Our Country's Presidents.

You'll find:
President profiles, from George Washington to George W. Bush,
Full-page official portraits,
Fact boxes for quick reference,
Famous quotes from the Presidents' speeches and writings,
More than 400 illustrations -- from period artwork to stunning photography,
timeline photo essays that give historical context to the Presidents' administations,
Fifteen thematic spreads -- from kids in the White House to Presidents at War.

Comprehensive information for school reports.

Fascinating biographies for hours of browsing.

Fun to read, easy to use, Our Country's Presidents is a must-have reference to the lives of America's leaders -- their stories and their deeds; their scandals and their shining moments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gene Sturkey on November 23, 2011
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I love this book!! The information is colorfully written with facts that you don't usually find in other books. I bought it because of President Obama being on the cover and I was so pleased to discover all trhe wonderful information about Michelle and all the other first ladies. The pictures are beautiful. I highly reccommend this book to everyone, especially students. A very informative book for your personal library.
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Nicely produced book of our US Presidents. Lots of information on each and good research material for students. I give this one 5 stars and the seller contact was 5 stars as well.
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