Synopses & Reviews
Every U.S. president is the focus of public scrutiny, but how well do we know these men? What kind of fathers do presidents make? Husbands? Neighbors? Other books focus on the historical achievements of those who have occupied our country's highest office; Lives of the Presidents
looks instead at their bad habits, silly nicknames, and strange pets. Every president--from George Washington to Bill Clinton--is included, with an emphasis on those who have had the greatest impact on history. Discover their high points, low points, and the times in between. In this stunning addition to their acclaimed series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt take us beyond politics and photo opportunities, revealing the entertaining, complex, and very real lives of the presidents.
"Franklin Pierce's mother loved to shock her Puritan neighbors in New Hampshire 'by wearing bright colors and skirts short enough to show her ankles.' William McKinley's mother snatched roses from a train car to carry to her son's inauguration. The mother of five-star general Dwight Eisenhower was a pacifist. These are among the details Gherman (whose earlier children's books include biographies of John Quincy Adams and Jimmy Carter) unearths in this collection of profiles of the mothers of each of the U.S. presidents. Given the range of personalities covered, and presumably the historical resources available, some of the sketches are meatier than others. Among unsurprising accounts of hardworking women devoted to their families, Gherman inserts some lively, little-known zingers: Mary Ball Washington 'was not impressed' when her son became the first president, and Nancy Hanks Lincoln 'outwrestled many of the men in her town.' Craftily mining the personalities of each woman, Downing (The Ice Cream King) contributes watercolor and colored pencil portraits of the mothers on their home turfs, humorously underscoring their many diverse eccentricities. Ages 6 9. Illustrator's agent: Jane Feder. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Celebrated nonfiction author Beverly Gherman presents brief biographies of the president's mothers, full of fun facts, entertaining anecdotes, and embarrasing childhood stories!
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson's mother ran a plantation by herself, or that Abraham Lincoln's mother was a wrestler? James Madison's mom called him "Jemmy" and made his shirts while he went to college, and Woodrow Wilson created Mother's Day to celebrate all mothers--especially his.and#160;Join Beverly Gherman and Julie Downing in this celebration of the women behind the White House.and#160; Gherman delightfully dishes fun facts about each mother, and Downing's livelyand#160;illustrations are sure to enthrall and entertain.
Not all governments have been run by men. Lives of Extraordinary Women
turns the spotlight on women who have wielded power, revealing their feats--and flaws--for all the world to see. Here you'll find twenty of the most influential women in history: queens, warriors, prime ministers, first ladies, revolutionary leaders. Some are revered. Others are notorious. What were they really like?
In this grand addition to their highly praised series, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt celebrate some of the world's most noteworthy women, ranging from the famous to those whose stories have rarely been told.
Features twenty extraordinary women, including:
Joan of Arc
The White House kitchen garden, part of Michelle Obamaand#8217;s campaign to encourage healthful eating, was established in 2009. This book tells the story of Mrs. Obamaand#8217;s garden, as well as the story of the White House grounds, the other gardens (including Eleanor Rooseveltand#8217;s Victory Garden in World War II) that came before, the White House children who have played there, and the teamwork, involving local children as well as the Obama family and White House staff, that led to the garden now flourishing on the South Lawn. This is a lighthearted, entertaining, and lavishly illustrated introduction to an inspiring and much-publicized project. Includes recipes.
In Korea in the early 1800s, news from the countryside reached the king by means of signal fires. On one mountaintop after another, a fire was lit when all was well. If the king did not see a fire, that meant trouble, and he would send out his army. Linda Sue Park's first picture book for Clarion is about Sang-hee, son of the village firekeeper. When his father is unable to light the fire one night, young Sang-hee must take his place. Sang-hee knows how important it is for the fire to be lit-but he wishes that he could see soldiers . . . just once.
Mountains, firelight and shadow, and Sunhee's struggle with a hard choice are rendered in radiant paintings, which tell their own story of a turning point in a child's life. Afterword.
Who were the moms behind the U.S. presidents? Get the scoop in this amusing picture book featuring mini biographies about presidential moms. Full of fun facts and embarrassing childhood stories, written in a snappy style by celebrated nonfiction author Beverly Gherman.
About the Author
Beverly Gherman has written biographies about authors, dancers, presidents, scientists, and artists. Her engaging child-accessible style has won her many fans and many awards, including a California Library Beatty Award, a Booklist Editor's Choice, an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor, a Smithsonian Notable Book, and an Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Award. Beverly lives in San Francisco.