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Lives of the Presidents : Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)
The president of the United States has always been in the public eye--but do we know these men as well as we think we do? What were they like as fathers, husbands, and neighbors? What did they do for fun, what were their favorite foods, and how did they take care of their hair? Lives of the Presidents looks at bad habits, silly nicknames, and strange pets, examining the high points, low points, and times in between of each president.�The popular Lives of the Presidents�was�originally published in 1998 as part of the successful Lives of... series of collective biographies. Now fully updated, it includes new chapters and artwork for Barack Obama and George W. Bush, along with a fabulous new jacket and refreshed design.
Krull (Lives of the Writers; Lives of the Athletes) has a proven knack for delivering generous dollops of covert asides along with fun facts and pertinent information when it comes to profiling famous figures. This latest effort does not disappoint. Beginning with her debunking of the myth that George Washington had wooden teeth, Krull briskly moves through the list of White House inhabitants, discussing their personality quirks and qualifications for elected office (or seeming lack thereof) as well as offering tidbits about their marriages and love lives, favorite foods and pastimes, family pets and, of particular import these days, scandals. She goes so far as to mention that President Clinton has "admitted privately that he has had affairs," and hints at his reputation as a womanizer. Presidents whose terms had major historical significance and more recent chiefs of state are given longer entries (two to three pages) while the others receive paragraphs. All, however, are written up in the same chatty and intriguing tone. In watercolor-and-colored-pencil paintings, Hewitt, in her signature style, depicts each president with a very large head and smaller body. Background scenery and dress suggest the historical era and significant details about the man; those presidents with a full-page portrait include an inset, smaller portrait of the First Lady in the top left corner of the painting. Young readers will find many of the school-report essentials here�birthplaces and dates, number of terms in office�and plenty of items that will surely entertain as well as educate. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
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HMH Books for Young Readers
September 01, 1998
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