Monday, February 18, 2013
Non-Fiction Picture Book Review: The House That George Built
The House That George Built
Written by: Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by: Rebecca Bond
Published by: Charlesbridge, 2012
* In honor of Presiden'ts Day I thought that I'd post a book about Washington. More specifically, the house that he built. The book opens with a foreword about the formation of the United States of America and the search for a leader of this new country, George Washington. The pages on the left side of the book give details about the design, placement, and construction of the White House. The right side text mimics the British nursery rhyme "This Is the House That Jack Built" with "the President's House that George Built." I found this book to be informative (even I learned things about the construction of the White House!) but not too detailed that it was lost on my 4 1/2 year old son. The illustrations look to be colorful and detailed watercolor paintings. At the end of the book the author includes changes to the White House that various Presidents have made, including Clinton adding a hot tub and jogging track in 1993 and President Obama and the First Lady planting a vegetable garden on the south lawn in 2009. Slade also includes additional resources if you want to learn more about the White House. Overall, we found this to be an informative and fun read.
This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.
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