Monday, January 21, 2013

So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George

So You Want To Be President?
By Judith St. George
Published by Penguin Group, 2004 (updated 2012)
56 pages (hardcover)

This new version of the Caldecott-winning classic by illustrator David Small and author Judith St. George is updated with current facts and new illustrations to include our forty-second president, George W. Bush. There are now three Georges in the catalog of presidential names, a Bush alongside the presidential family tree, and a new face on the endpaper portraiture.
Hilariously illustrated by Small, this celebration by St. George shows us the foibles, quirks and humanity of forty-two men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world.

As you may have realized, I am a history-nerd (I was a history teacher for 5 years after all!). I find the lives/stories of people fascinating and quirky facts makes history all the more interesting.
Since So You Want To Be President? was first published I have loved it. It makes learning about the presidents fun- did you know that John Quincy Adams used to go skinny dipping in the Potomac River and Teddy Roosevelt had dozens of animals living at the White House? –and silly. Plus, it is a short picture book that can be read in about 10 minutes.
My son has already heard this book a few times and he likes to pick out Abraham Lincoln’s and Teddy Roosevelt’s pictures on the pages.    

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