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***If the Walls Could Talk

Family Life at the White House

by Jane O'Connor

illustrated by Gary Hovland

Reviewed February 5, 2005.
A Paula Wiseman Book (Simon & Schuster), New York, 2004.  42 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 973.099 OCO).

Here’s a fun book about the history of the White House, told with anecdotes about each one of the Presidents.  The political-cartoon-like illustrations keep the tone light as we hear stories about the Presidents and their families and their lives in the White House.

For example:  “Zachary Taylor let his favorite horse, Old Whitey, graze on the White House lawn.  People would pluck hairs from the horse’s tail for souvenirs.”  “The six rambunctious Roosevelt kids liked to sled down the stairs on cookie trays, walk on stilts through the hallways, roller-skate in the East Room, and shimmy up the flagpole.” 

Reading this book will entertain you, fill you with some interesting facts, and teach you a little history along the way.

Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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