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"I've heard a picture is worth a thousand words, I didn't know a picture could also be worth a thousand votes! Bravo, Jane, for making history fun!"
--Jenny L. Cote, author Epic Order of the Seven™

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I loved doing research for this book! Our nation was founded on liberty. And because of that freedom, Americans over the years have pursued their dreams, especially the dream of invention. This book captures some of those amazing inventions and shows you how they impacted the president of the United States. Unless they met him, few people really knew what George Washington looked like when he was president. But today at his home in Mount Vernon, new technology has given us the best images we've ever had of our first president. I hope you will enjoy this book. And be sure to look for the "real" president in each scene. He's hiding where you least expect to see him!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Did You Know?
  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (February 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935279637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935279631
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,020,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook makes history and biographies relevant to today's news, current events, issues of faith, and modern-day life. A public speaker and frequent national media guest, Jane is the author of seven books, including her newest work, American Phoenix (May 2013) about John Quincy and Louisa Adams and the War of 1812. She is also a former White House webmaster.

In American Phoenix, John Quincy and Louisa must form an alliance with the czar of Russia to end the War of 1812 and secure American independence once and for all. In many ways this Adams and his Eve's banishment becomes the nation's salvation. Their Russian destination changes US destiny.

Jane is the author of:
American Phoenix
Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War
Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan (co-author)
The Faith of America's First Ladies

Children's books:
What Does the President Look Like?
B is for Baylor
Maggie Houston

Benjamin Franklin once quipped "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do the things worth writing." Jane hopes each new book is increasingly worth the reading, each speech worth the hearing, and each TV segment worth remembering. She lives with her husband and two sons in Fairfax, Virginia. Jane is expecting her third child at the end of July 2013.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd on March 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My two lower school aged children LOVED this book!

Comments from my 8 yr old: It was an easy book to read. It helped me understand what Presidents do. I really liked the facts for each President. I also liked looking through all the Presidents that were listed in order in the back of the book. One of my favorite parts were the illustrations like the long legs on the Presidents. I liked this book.

Comments from my 10 yr old: I liked reading a book about Presidents. I liked how it explained how changes in technology has affected how you see the President. I also like the fact section of the book-that was really cool to learn facts about each President. I liked the facts about who were some of the painters during that time-frame. This book helped me see how time has changed the Presidency. The book was very fun to look through all the cartoon depictions of the Presidents. I liked how the illustrations showed off the different features of each President.

As a parent, I LOVE that my children have the opportunity to read about history that is fun and factual. I think it is vital for our children to be well-informed about history, especially the Presidency. So many people don't have a clear understanding about American History and don't know alot about the impact each President has made on this nation. I am so excited that Jane Hampton Cook has given children a fun and engaging opportunity to learn about American Presidents through "What Does the President Look Like?". I highly recommend this book to all families who want a glimpse of how time has changed the Presidency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wachtstetter on February 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book, written by Presidential historian Jane Hampton Cook, is an excellent book for children interested in art and/or presidential history. The question "What does the President look like?" may seem like an absurdly easy one to answer, but how would one know before invention of photography or television?

Highlighting presidents from Washington to Obama, it also discusses famous artists, cartoonists,and photographers and introduces kids to the growth of media technology from stereography to the internet.

The illustrations bu Adam Ziskie are humorous and engaging. This book would make a great resource for elementary art or history teachers, or a prefect President's Day gift for any up-and-coming artist or historian.
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"This is so much fun!" I kept repeating out loud as I read through Jane Hampton Cook's new book, What Does the President Look Like? I have taught children and teenagers for more than 25 years and can't wait to integrate this delightful resource into upcoming teaching sessions!

Particularly insightful are Jane's tidbits of how new cultural advances and inventions bring the presidency closer and closer to Americans. Acting as a media docent, Jane leads the reader on a captivating walk through history. She starts the journey when most Americans don't even know what President Washington looks like. Then, Jane ushers us into the television era when President Roosevelt becomes the first president to appear on TV, and highlights how the advances of the Internet have impacted our view of the presidency. Now, because of smart phones, we can actually hold the President of the United States in the palm of our hands!

Not only is What Does the President Look Like? an enjoyable journey through history, it is also a meaningful one as well. Images have power - incredible power. Stopping to help children reflect on the importance of the President's image will open new avenues of dialogue and discovery for them. In an age when children are daily bombarded by images, this book will help them analyze and process what they are seeing. I highly recommend it!
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With the rise of technology, we all know what the President looks like. Chances are you've seen him on television, in magazines, books, posters, etc... But if you were alive in 1789 when George Washington became president, you probably wouldn't have known what he looked like unless you saw him in person.

In What Does the President Look Like?, Jane Hampton Cook introduces young readers to the various ways people found out what the President looked like through the years. Young readers will be fascinated to learn that in the early years, paintings and drawings were the only ways most Americans had of knowing what the president looked like; in the years of Andrew Jackson, Americans relied on political cartoons; and it was Abraham Lincoln who ushered in the era of photography.

From stereographs to silent movies to TV debates to digital cameras, every era is covered with interesting facts compiled on each page. Adam Ziskie's cartoon-like illustrations make this a fun read and really prove how technology has changed what we see and how we see it.
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Jane has written a book that is full of fun facts in an area that all kids today seem to be interested in---media! I loved the way she shows the growing impact media has had on politics and who wins office- from the photo Matthew Brady took of Lincoln that was sold in stores prior to his election, to the television debates between Kennedy and Nixon- she points out the impact these new forms of image sharing has had on history.
She also explains how different media works (stereographs, internet, and others) which helps kids understand the technology deeper. Website addresses given in the book provide readers the chance to do further investigation of these various forms of media. What Does the President Look Like? is very accessible reading full of historical facts, yet written in a light and engaging form.
This book will be an asset to any learning environment- home or school.
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