June 28, 2012
"Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House" Book Review
It's been said that if you want a friend at the White House, get a dog. Or, we might add, perhaps a cat, bird, bear, or maybe an alligator! Throughout America's history, the presidential menagerie has included an array of creatures both big and small, ordinary and absurd.
This inside look at the White House's animal residents features a rollicking, rhyming verse for each commander-in-chief's pets, accompanied by cool facts, presidential stats, and laugh-out-loud cartoon art. John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the bathtub, while Thomas Jefferson's pride and joy was his pair of bear cubs. Andrew Jackson had a potty-mouthed parrot, and Martin Van Buren got into a fight with Congress over his tow baby tigers. First daughter Caroline Kennedy's pony Macaroni had free reign over the White House. But the pet-owning winner of all the presidents was Theodore Roosevelt, who had a hyena, lion, zebra, badger, snake, rats, a nippy dog that bit the French ambassador, and more!
Before checking out this book, I had no idea our presidents actually owned pets other than cats and dogs. I had a lot of fun reading through this book with my 6 year old daughter. Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House offers funny and interesting facts about presidential pets that lived in the White House. I like that in addition to offering fact about the animals, the book also has stats on each president as well as their accomplishments. This is a fascinating book with historical fact that's great for learning about our presidents.
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