Did you know that George Washington helped to build the White House? Encourage your little patriots to learn more about our nation's most well-known home with this illustrated book. Historically accurate, this story goes through the different stages of the house being built---from George Washington picking out the plot of land to build on, up until 1800 when John Adams was the first president to move into the house.
THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT takes readers through the process of how the president’s house came to be—starting with the contest George held to choose the perfect design for this legendary landmark, all the way to President John Adams’s move into the grandiose home. Cleverly written in the familiar format of "The House That Jack Built," author Suzanne Slade supplements her rhyming verse with lively conversational prose, describing how George was involved in this project from beginning to end, from selecting the location to figuring out how to get the thousands of heavy bricks to the construction site. Rebecca Bond’s watercolor illustrations help readers follow the steps to what became the White House as we know it today.
Suzanne Slade is the author of more than ninety books for children, including CLIMBING LINCOLN'S STEPS, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, and SUSAN B. ANTHONY: FIGHTER FOR FREEDOM AND EQUALITY, an Amelia Bloomer recommended title. Suzanne lives near Chicago, Illinois.
Slade (Climbing Lincoln's Steps) delivers a historical riff on "The House That Jack Built" with this tale of how George Washington oversaw the construction of what would come to be called the White House: "This is the lot,/ that grand,
scenic spot,/ for the President's House that George built." On most of the right-hand pages, the cumulative verse grows longer, while prose sections at left offer facts about materials, workers, and the house's overall progress as it moves from blueprint to bricks-and-mortar reality; for instance, when the stone supply fell short, "George changed the house plan from three stories to two." In airy watercolor-and-ink illustrations, Bond (In the Belly of an Ox) depicts the stages of construction and captures details of the era's building methods and styles of dress; John and Abigail Adams, the building's first residents, are shown looking around nervously upon moving in ("the plaster walls were still wet, and the winding staircase had only a few steps"). A foreword, author's note, and additional White House facts supply even more details and context to this focused and well-executed project. Ages 69. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information
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