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
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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 FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved