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Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out Hardcover – September 9, 2008
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Our White House will likely be a favorite of children--and adults-who love presidential trivia, historical facts, and old stories. Children who weren't White House buffs already will surely be drawn into this colorful, fun history of an iconic building that simultaneously tells the story of the United States. (Ages 9 to 12) --Heidi Broadhead
From Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, "Our White House" is a colossal project compared with "Bear" and I was pleased after reading all of its more than 200 pages to conclude that even in large-scale, long-form projects, the Candlewick team hasn't lost their impish sense of storytelling.
I say that because this is a weighty project. More than 100 top names in American history, arts and literature contributed to this coffee-table book for families. Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough is here along with Jimmy Carter, Charles Dickens and Walt Whitman. These are heavy names. This is a big book. It could have turned out as dull as one of those bronze statues in D.C. that people barely notice anymore.
Here's what I like about the book and why I think it's timely with our American role in the world called into question in so many ways: This book dares to have fun with America's enduring capacity for creativity. And that is an important spiritual lesson right now.
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson defied naysayers in personally helping to popularize the tomato? He did. He cultivated them and ate them both fresh and cooked. Today, who could imagine American cuisine without tomatoes?
Did you know that the Lebanese-American journalist Helen Thomas opened doors at the White House to female journalists? She did. And she did it by first cultivating coverage of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, a major barrier breaker herself.Read more ›
And this book couldn't come at a better time, on the heels of the spectacular John Adams HBO miniseries. This book was written for young people to help them fall in love with history, the way the 108 contributors to this marvelous book clearly already have.
This book has all the reliable gateways to keep a kid interested, great illustrations, funny stories and personal notes the people that lived in the White House.
Really well done. I'm so glad!!
books and while generally the books I buy are for a younger set, I found so many of my favorite authors and particularly illustrators here that I couldn't resist. The fact that
history intrigues me is a plus, but not the main reason why I bought the book. Where else would I be able to find Walter Dean Myers, S. D. Schindler, Brian Selznik, Robert Byrd, the Dillons,
Pinkney, Sis, Ed Young, Stephane Jorisch (how did this Belgian/Canadian get into this ever so American book), David Small, Eric Carle - and so many others - all delivering their work in one book?
The paperback version, which I have, is updated from the original 2008 hardback version and is current through Obama. Nikki Grimes' "Inaugural Morning" which celebrates the historic event took my breath away.
Those who are interested in the economic situation during FDR's time might want to look at the illustrative four page explanation by Matt Phelan called "Hoover's One Term"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kids like the short stories by authors they know and they are interesting for adults.Published 8 months ago by K. Kelly
Quick and easy read of History in the White House - both adults & kids will pick it up and just pick a story...Published on August 5, 2013 by Me
I foond this book quite lovely but short on real pictures. The only true pictures are those of two republicans! The writing is okay, but not great.Published on January 26, 2013 by vivabooks
I love history. I have many books on American history - people, places, events, etc... This is a delightful little tome with wonderful illustrations and stories short enough you... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Audrey Burtrum-Stanley
This is one of my favorite classroom books because it includes several different genres about several different topics, written by several gifted authors. Love.Published on December 23, 2012 by June
I'm from Brazil, and bought this book because Meg Cabot wrote a short with Samantha Madison, the All American Girl's main character. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Delivery was fast and product condition was as described. The packaging was not the best and arrived with some tears in the envelope. Product was still in great shape, though.Published on December 31, 2010 by dtracker
Not many houses are versatile enough to accommodate over 200 years of history, and still manage to be the symbol that the White House is for the nation of people who rely upon... Read morePublished on March 12, 2009 by Patricia B. Ross