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The President's Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents Hardcover – February 8, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054718221X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547182216
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katz’s nod to presidential foibles arrives just in time for Presidents’ Day and the upcoming election cycle. In humorous yet informative rhymes, she explains that Washington never slept in the White House, John Quincy Adams often skinny-dipped in the Potomac, Herbert Hoover and his wife avoided eavesdroppers by conversing in Chinese, and William Howard Taft (at 350 pounds) required a special bathtub. Although admittedly trivial, these sorts of details are just the kind to pique young readers’ interests. The poems exhibit wide diversity (concrete, alliterative, free verse, quatrains), and each is accompanied by a footnote explaining the verse’s context and a cartoon-style illustration. Neubecker’s artwork, rendered in India ink with digital color, is full of interesting details; the title spread, for example, features an enormous, hairy Taft being extricated by four determined aides. Appended with a list of presidential notes and quotes, this is sure to be popular; pair with Kathleen Krull’s Lives of the Presidents (1998) or Judith St. George’s So You Want to Be President? (2000). Grades 2-5. --Kay Weisman

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"Humorous yet informative. . . . These sorts of details are just the kind to pique young readers’ interests. . . . Sure to be popular."—Booklist

"Katz takes playful swings at U.S. presidents in poems as funny as they are informative...an unexpected and diverting look at presidents past and present."--Publishers Weekly

"In forty-three poems, Katz gives each of our U.S. presidents their due."--Horn Book, starred review

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This book is so much fun!
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It can also be enjoyed by adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liamoondancer on February 8, 2012
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Absolutely delightful and factual silliness! A book like this takes the "boring" out of learning about the Presidents! We no longer see Presidents as stuffy , boring old men! There were gales of laughter as I read even the first few poems to them! I must admit I also had quite a few chuckles!
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By Audrey Pedersen on February 8, 2014
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This was a gift for our 9 year old grandson who is fascinated by the Presidents. He enjoyed this book very much. It can also be enjoyed by adults.
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By Robyn Gilbert on January 20, 2013
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My boys, ages 5 and 9, love this book. Great tool for teaching US history. They did not realize they were learning.
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By Jessica on November 23, 2012
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This book is so much fun! Although geared toward a younger audience, my high school students love it! It is informative and funny.
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Funny what kids pick up. When I was a tot of four I had a little electronic game that came with its own book. You'd turn the pages and press the button that corresponded to the correct trivia question. In this way I learned that Mozart wrote his first piece of music when he was five (I figured I had some leeway because of this), that Marie Antoinette had her head cut off, and that President Taft got stuck in his bathtub because he was so fat. That's the kind of presidential wisdom a kid's gonna carry with them the rest of their life. It's also how I learned that teaching kids about famous people at a young age actually will stick with them into adulthood if the medium is interesting enough. Poetry would not be my first method of instilling memories, but in "The President's Stuck in the Bathtub!: Poems About the Presidents" poet Susan Katz does a darn good job locating fun facts about even the dullest leaders. They may not have been equal in stature but at least in this book each one has his say, whether it's escaping a vicious rabbit or seeing the occasional ghost.

They've been dull and scintillating. Clever and thick. Remarkably tall and surprisingly short. And what's with all the parrots as pets? With great dexterity and even greater patience Susan Katz culls, entices, and sometimes even forces interesting facts out of each and every one of our presidents. That done, she turns those traits or events into poems, being sure to include fun additional facts at the bottom of each page. The result is that kids get to meet "Elevator Operator" John F. Kennedy, the "Funny-Looking" James Buchanan, and even "Vegetating" George H.W. Bush. Accompanied by work by illustrator Robert Neubecker, the book is a ribald look at our nation's leaders.
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