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Our Country's Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency
Contributor(s): Bausum, Ann
ISBN: 1426326858     ISBN-13: 9781426326851
Publisher: Natl Geographic Soc Childrens books
    OUR PRICE: $22.50  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: January 2017
Annotation: An introduction to America's presidents shares lavishly illustrated, authoritative profiles of the first 44 presidents as well as the 2016 president-elect and includes timelines and descriptions of crucial events that occurred during their terms.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Presidents; United States; History; Juvenile literature.
Presidents; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Presidents; Biography; Encyclopedias.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Political
Dewey: 973.099
LCCN: 2017286164
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.00" W x 1.00" (1.20 lbs) 224 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall)
This encyclopedic history of the presidency offers a dynamic and detailed array of information including timelines, profiles of individual presidents, reproductions of presidential portraits, quick-reference fact boxes, and thematic spreads. The robust layout is dynamic and browsable, and the content strikes a commendable balance between general historical detail and individual focus. 2016 election coverage is included. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 4–7—A clear, colorful design; a variety of sidebars; and rich historical material make this a solid, go-to resource for information on the presidents. The text is chronologically organized into six parts, each of which features a two-page time line delineating significant events. Each entry begins with a fact box that includes the president's signature, date of birth, political party, and salient details such as the names of vice presidents and first ladies. Among sober assessments of the presidents' achievements, fun facts abound. Sidebars cover a range of topics, such as the powers of the presidency, presidential landmarks, and kids in the White House. The volume is extravagantly illustrated with reproductions of contemporaneous paintings, as well as facsimiles of letters, engravings, maps, cutaways, charts (depicting, for example, presidential career paths), and numerous photographs. A comprehensive chart lays out results of every election. Bausum offers a two-page overview of the 2016 election, outlining some of Donald Trump's controversial actions and statements during the campaign and suggesting a parallel to the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's private email server. Published in January 2017, the book includes a one-page summary of Trump's wealthy upbringing and background in real estate and reality TV. VERDICT Whether for research or casual reading, this is an excellent ready reference on the presidents for most libraries.—Bob Hassett, Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA

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