“Republican Party leaders at first dismissed his candidacy, but a groundswell of support…carried him to a primary victory over a crowded field of Republican hopefuls.” From the biography of Donald J. Trump, Presidents of the United States
TIME for Kids Presidents of the United States by the Editors of TIME for Kids Magazine
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Hardcover: 80 pages | Publisher: Time For Kids (January 10, 2017)
TIME For Kids presents a complete overview of our nation’s chief executives from George Washington to the newly elected 45th president!
Did you know that James Monroe was the first president to appear without a wig in public? Or that George W. Bush appointed the first African-American secretary of state? Presidents of the United States invites the reader inside the White House to discover fascinating facts about the U.S. commanders-in-chief-their origins, accomplishments, and place in history — as told through famous quotes, important historical dates, and a timeline of events. Special sections cover the election process, the branches of government, and the role of presidents in the expansion of our nation from before the 13 colonies through westward expansion. With more than 200 photographs, illustrations, portrait reproductions, and maps.
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My Thoughts on TIME for Kids Presidents of the United States
I feel kind of weird admitting this*, but I found this book immensely fascinating and helpful. Growing up in rural Canada, I didn’t learn anything about the American presidents. I heard the names George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but I didn’t know which was which, let alone any of the other presidents on the roster.
While I missed out on that fascinating information as a child, I can now raid my kids’ bookshelf and learn all about it. And, with the help of books like Presidents of the United States, I do.
It starts off with a bit of information on how the presidency was formed, then it dives right into the juicy stuff.
Each president has a 1-2 page summary of his life and presidency. These life snippets aren’t long. They cover the important themes, ideas, and major national events of each president’s time in the White House.
The only criticism I have is that some of the write-ups for recent presidents felt a bit biased. Although to be fair, I haven’t seen past editions of this book, so I can’t say for sure.
Overall, this is a handy and informative book that covers each and every president of the United States.
Source: Blue Slip Media sent me a copy of this book.
*It’s weird because I’m a grown woman that reads children’s books to learn about my country of 15 years. Has it really been that long since I moved here?
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