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Weird but True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:142632796X
LANGUAGE:English

"Whether or not you have a favorite President you will be stunned by the weird facts surrounding some of our most interesting Commanders-In-Chief.

James Abram Garfield thought all men were created equal. As a result, he hid run-away slaves and gave folks like Frederick Douglass opportunities in government. James Earl Carter, Jr. could speed read at a rate of 2,000 words a minute. George Herbert Walker Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One, and Andrew Johnson taught himself to read while listening to customers at a tailor shop where he sewed clothes for 12 hours per day. President Obama read all seven Harry Potter Books with his daughters and loves to collect Spider-Man comics. Basically, most Presidents were just real people with a few quirks.

Parents, teachers and kids will love this fact filled history of our Presidents. Photos, and colorful illustrations teach readers about life during the term of each of the featured Presidents. Readers will be surprised to see fun facts about Obama and even Trump, our most recent elected Presidents. Special categories include Smart Stuff, Why He’s Weird, and Oval Awful, provide funny and interesting quick facts.
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"What's weird about US Presidents? Plenty. Some more than others, of course.

Martin Van Buren helped popularize the phrase OK. His nickname was Old Kinderhook and so his crowds of supporters would chant OK and eventually it became known to mean all correct.

Back when Zachary Taylor was President the receiver paid the postage and since Taylor didn't like spending money, he didn't always pick up his mail. He didn't find out that he was nominated President until a month after it happened.

As you can see, it's not necessarily "weird" facts, but little-known facts. I enjoyed reading the book and will keep it on our American History shelf. There is a 2-4 page spread on each President except Obama who gets six (He has read all the Harry Potter books aloud to his daughters!) and Trump who got one (detailing how he got his money from his Dad, lost it and earned it back).

This book is image heavy with lots of blurbs and sidebars, it makes it difficult to read through in one sitting, but I think would work well on your shelf to pull down and read alongside your American History study one President at a time.



Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents Paperback – July 4, 2017
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" National Geographic Kids Books is debuting titles that are perfect for celebrating not only our country’s amazing history, but learning more about our founding fathers — and those that followed in their footsteps. Weird but true! Know-it-all U.S.Presidents is simply packed with interestiing bits of information about each of the U.S. presidents. Some of it is funny, some intriguing, and some basic information about their presidency. It is quite a treat to learn some of this hitherto little known information. Some bears witness to the greatness of the man and some bears witness that they were simply humans with flawed personalities just as the rest of us are.

While this probably wouldn't be considered a go-to source for research papers, it certainly could be a springboard for such. Also, delving into the pages of this book will most certainly whet the appetite to learn more and dig deeper into the recesses of history.

This will make super reading (to stave off the dark pit of the summer slump) during the summer and then a handy resource for projects during the school year.

I highly recommend.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic Kids Books and the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.
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