Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama
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Our Country's Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, From George Washington to Barack Obama

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Ladies and Gentlemen: the next President of the United States will soon be included within the pages of one of our perennial favorites. National Geographic Children’s Books will publish this fully revised and updated edition of Our Country’s Presidents in time for the Inauguration of our 44th head of state—the first Presidents reference book on the market after the electio...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by National Geographic Children's Books (first published February 1st 2001)
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I'm on a big U.S Presidents kick right now and found this book to be jam-packed full of great information.

The presidents are listed in order from 1 to 44 and each layout follows the same pattern. A full page color painting of the president appears on the left side mirroring a page of text that includes the president's signature, nickname, birth/death, political party, chief opponents, term of office, number of terms, vice president, first lady, children, number of states and number added during...more
Public library copy.

I take my children every week to the library and I'm pleased to have discovered a book about all the of the U.S. President's that gets down to the bare necessities. The book was not as in-depth or dry as a Wikipedia page, but I learned a lot about past President's that I wasn't taught in school. Much of my public education was established with rinse-and-repeat for tests rather than soak-it-in-and-let-it-sit so unfortunately I never bothered to memorize the order of all 43 Pre...more
Brandi Plumlee
Name: Brandi Plumlee, LME 508
Bausum, A. (2012). Our country's presidents: All you need to know about the presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

Cost: $21.33 (Barnes and Noble)
Dewey Call Number: E176.1 .B28 2009 (Library of Congress)

Reading Level: Teen

Category: Secondary level Non-fiction Reference-Biography

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Gr 5-8
This update of the 2005 edition includes a...more
A fascinating look into the lives and presidencies of all of our presidents (including Barack Obama)!

Each entry provides the name of the president, a full-page picture, his rank, e.g. George Washington was the 1st and term(s) of office. There is also a fact box and an essay about each president.

The fact box provides details such as a copy of the president's signature, nickname, birthdate & place of birth, political party, chief opponents, term of office, age at innauguration, number of term...more
Katie Frakes
This is one of my favorite books that I have read about presidents because it provides information about every single United States president, including President Obama. This information is given in the format of a full-page picture of a president, the rank of his presidency, a fact box, and an essay about him. This book would work great in an upper-level elementary classroom because it explains each president and what they accomplished during her term. I would use this book in a classroom durin...more
I really enjoyed this book and think it would be extremely useful in a classroom. This book discusses every president’s term and different aspects of being the president and is organized under different eras. The book begins with the presidency and how it grew with different important dates and small pictures at the bottom of the pages. Each president has a biography that is included and the history of his life along with a self portraits and different drawings or artifacts from their presidency...more
Amy Dennehy
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave a concise description of each president’s term, including Obama. For each president there was a full-page picture, his rank, a fact box, and an essay about their presidency. I think this would be a great book to teach children about United State presidents and he wonderful things they accomplished in their terms. However, since this book reads somewhat like a textbook, it would be hard to read it aloud. It would be more suited for children looking at i...more
I thought this was a good, quick book to learn some interesting facts about each president. Of course, it was published several years ago, so there is a lot missing by way of the Bush administration, and of course the Obama presidency isn't mentioned at all. For the most part, I felt as though the authors were very objective and shared facts, pros and cons, and information without putting personal feelings into the book.
Se Jun Kim
I thought this book was very informational. I didn't like that the book was just information though. It was very boring like that and I wished that it was a bit more exciting to read. I think it would be a good book for a paper, but it definitely isn't something that would be fun to read. However, I enjoyed the book the most when it talked about where the presidents lived and how their lifestyles were like.
This is an awesome book for any reader who is interested in the history of our Presidents. With vivid illustrations and photographs, young readers will learn both the good and the bad that each President brought to us. Providing detailed information, this non fiction book will be a huge assett to your youth collection.
Oct 31, 2010 Rob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rob by: Jen
Initially I made fun of my wife for getting this book but ended up reading it since there are questions about the presidents at a weekly trivia event. The book was interesting and informative and I definitely plan to re-read it sometime in the future to commit the order of presidents and their various facts to memory.
A good, basic reference of the presidents. This isn't for history fans unless you're first starting out. It was enough for me, someone with only a basic knowledge of these guys when I first began researching them.
Ellen Lambert
It's an encyclopedia of our Presidents...enough said.
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Ann Bausum writes about U.S. history for young people from her home in Beloit, Wisconsin. Her publisher, National Geographic Children's Books, will release her newest book in April of 2009: Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration. Her 2007 book Muckrakers earned the Golden Kite Award as best nonfiction book of the year from the Society of Children's Book Writ...more
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