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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 1010L (What's this?)
  • Series: The White House
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439429714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439429719
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3 Up-Published in cooperation with the White House Historical Association, this is a fascinating and beautifully produced gem for armchair travelers or for someone anticipating a trip to Washington, DC. More than 200 photographs and reproductions provide historical perspectives and behind-the-scenes looks at the officials and staff who make the place run. A tour of the famous rooms showcases the furnishings and history. The chapter called "Living at the White House" is particularly captivating. Readers learn that Tad Lincoln made extra money selling lemonade to visitors, Amy Carter built a tree house on the South Lawn, and that pet handlers take care of presidential animals. The epilogue chronicles each president who occupied the White House, including George Washington, who never lived there but who chose the site and selected the architect. This accessible volume is filled with many interesting facts, and is a handsomely designed tribute to a symbol of freedom and democracy.
Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Gr. 4-8. George Washington never lived in it. Abigail Adams hung laundry to dry in the East Room. The president's desk, a gift from Queen Victoria, is made out of wood from a British whaler. These and many other quirky facts help bring the White House to life. The White House Historical Association lent its resources to this project, and it shows--in the wealth of historical and contemporary photographs, especially of First Families; in the breathtaking gatefolds showcasing paintings and photos; and in the access to people connected to the workings of the White House, such as the chief usher and the pastry chef, who describe their jobs in "Faces and Voices" segments throughout the book. Unifying this richly detailed and illustrated guide is the theme of "One Building, Four Functions." A supertour through a house and the history it embodies. Connie Fletcher
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He loved the book and wants to take it to school to share.
Sybil Laing
It is filled with fascinating details and beautiful illustrations about our nation's most important residence.
Grace Terzian
By the end of the first chapter I knew this was a great look at the White House.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Grace Terzian on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for children and adults alike. It is filled with fascinating details and beautiful illustrations about our nation's most important residence. The book artfully covers the long history of the White House and offers behind-the-scenes insights into how it lives, breathes, and operates today. I particularly appreciate the Epilogue, which features vignettes about the influence of each President (and First Lady) and gives readers a real sense of the house's evolution. Also enjoyable are the interviews with White House staff, such as the director of student correspondence and the pastry chef. After reading Catherine Grace's delightful volume, I can appreciate John Adams' benediction, now carved in the State Dining Room mantlepiece: "I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The White House: An Illustrated History" was published in cooperation with the White House Historical Association and includes an introduction by the current First Lady, Laura Bush. No wonder this is a first rate look at the most famous building in America. Catherine O. Grace not only looks at the history of the building but also behind the scenes at what it takes to run a mansion with 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 12 chimneys. Regardless of whether you are old enough to remember Jackie Kennedy taking television viewers on a tour of the White House or learned most of what you know about the Executive Mansion from watching "The West Wing," you will find this a fascinating look at the home that is also an office, a museum, and a ceremonial stage.

Grace interviewed current staff members, such as the chief usher and president's photographer, and throughout the book these people are profiled in Faces & Voices sections. The book is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1, Rooms with a View: Building the President's House, looks at the history of the building century by century, including a cutaway of the White House and a look at the Visitor Center located near the mansion. Chapter 2, "Working at the White House," looks at key parts of the White House such as the West Wing, Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and Residence. Chapter 3, Celebrating at the White House, covers everything from state dinners and rose garden ceremonies to celebrating the arts and various holiday traditions. Chapter 4, A White House Tour, Room by Room, looks at what you actually get to see when you visit the WHite House, starting with the library and ending up in the state dining room, with the China Room, East Room, and others in between.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana K. Heath on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I wanted this book because I have read about the different rooms in the White House, but I couldn't visualize where they were in relation to each other. I'm very pleased with the book, in that regard.

This book had a cutaway, so you could see the interior rooms from the outside perspective. If I ever get to visit the White House, I want to study it well before I get there. This even shows you where the tour starts and the route it takes through the White House rooms.
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