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If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House

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In case you've ever wondered, the walls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have eyes and ears -- and, what's more, they don't miss a thing. Now, listen up because the walls have a thing or two to tell you!
During President John Tyler's presidency, the White House was such a mess that it was called the "Public Shabby House."
President William Howard Taft was so large that he had
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published August 10th 2004)
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Selene Vasquez
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome! very kid friendly and fun to read to kids! I love how the author/illustrator made the story like a cartoon! the characters in the book have big heads and small bodies! The story has interesting facts about the presidents while living in the white house.
Carole
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A brief look at some of our presidents told in a picture book setting.
Sasha
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House
Author: Jane O'Connor
Illustrator: Gary Hovland
Date of Publication:
Award: 2004
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, Commedy, Picture Book
Summary: This is an entertaining retelling of stories and quotes about the President. These are the less known/celebrated stories and offers a unique look into history of Washingtion, the White House and the iconic people who resided there.

Evaluative Commentary: Funny caricature style drawings are great to engage th
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L-Crystal Wlodek
If The Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House is recommended for students in grades 3-6. It is a book that walks readers through the lives of the presidents in order from George Washington to George W. Bush. Throughout the book, interesting facts are mentioned relating to their stays at the White House. The presidents mentioned look like bobble heads and at the end of the book, each president answers a frequently asked question about the White House.

The trivia given throughout the boo
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Liz
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Picture book telling stories about each family that has lived in the White House, like Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower having side-by-side televisions and watching different programs at the same time, and Warren Harding actually losing some of the White House china in a poker game. I liked these tidbits – I love little pieces of history trivia!
Shelli
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
A chronological caricature picture book of the U.S. Presidents from Washington to George W. Bush telling a little bit about their time in the White House and the changes they brought to it. I loved the illustrations and bits of memorable trivia about this famous house and its residence. Perfect for any elementary school library or classroom.
Jessica
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cole and I found this book about the White House to be very interesting and entertaining. We learned some facts. The illustrations were great, too!
Lizzie
Aug 01, 2015 added it
Shelves: history
Cartoonish drawing with pithy facts about White House families. Kid friendly and fun; stops at GW Bush.
Teri
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun book full of facts, fun illustrations, and just the type of trivia I'm hungry for before a visit to the White House.
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Since the publication of Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor's closet now boasts so many boas, tiaras, and sparkly ensembles that sometimes friends do not recognize her on the street. She still resides (that's a fancy word for lives) in New York City with her family and their canine companion, Arrow. --from the publisher's website
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