Woof! Bark! A puppy in the White House! The Obama family has adopted a 6-month-old Portuguese Water Dog named Bo. Way back in November I reviewed a great book called Wackiest White House Pets. I'm posting my review again, with a giveaway this time!
Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis covers an amuzing array of past presidential pets, from Jefferson's mocking birds to Teddy Roosevelt's chaotic "zoo" which included a one-legged rooster! Fifteen presidents and their pets are featured in this lighthearted read, each earning a special wackiest pet designation. For instance, George Washington's horses earned the "Cleanest Teeth" title while the "Luckiest Pet" went to Lincoln's lucky turkey pardoned from the Thanksgiving table. Hilarious almost cartoonish illustrations by David A. Johnson add interest to the text. My preschool daughter was slightly frightened by the sight of John Quincy Adams running away from an alligator on the cover. However, the book is meant for ages 7 to 10, so I imagine that age group would greatly enjoy the silly scenes pictured. The final pages of the book include a fact-filled listing of all 43 presidents and their respective pets. Most kids love pets. They'll devour this read, and quite possibly absorb some useful presidential facts while they are at it!
Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis, illustrated by David A. Johnson. Scholastic Press (October 1, 2004), 48 pages, ISBN 9780439443739
Awards: 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner.
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