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The House That George Built Hardcover – July 1, 2012
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About the Author
Suzanne Slade is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including CLIMBING LINCOLN'S STEPS (a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People,) FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM: THE STORY OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY & FREDERICK DOUGLASS (a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, an Amelia Bloomer Recommended Title, Starred Review-Publishers Weekly,) and THE INVENTOR'S SECRET: WHAT THOMAS EDISON TOLD HENRY FORD. Suzanne lives near Chicago, Illinois.
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The House That George Built by Suzanne Slade has been my read aloud of the week. Not only does it tell the story of how the White House was built, but an entirely separate poem is contained within mimicking This Is the House That Jack Built. On our first read through we read the poem version in order to get the feel for the cadence and rhyme and also the repetition of it. Then we began the book again, this time reading the text that included more details about how the White House was built. A few weeks ago I tried reading Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham to this same group. While it was interesting to me, I misjudged my audience and they had a hard time paying attention to this book. There were too many facts for them. The House That George Built fit my audience well - a perfect amount of factual information still written as a story to capture their interest
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Clever rhyme and fact filled tidbits show readers with excellent water colored illustrations just how much work was involved in building a magnificent structure that we've all come to recognize. The back of the book has a list of facts in regards to how this house has changed with each president over the years. There are facts in the author's notes and a list of resources readers can utilize to learn even more.