Review! Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausam

28 Feb

presidentOur Country’s Presidents: A Complete Encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency
By Ann Bausam
224 pages – ages 9+
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on January 10, 2017

Synopsis From the Publisher- National Geographic presents the 43 individuals who have led the U.S., plus America’s newest commander-in-chief, in this up-to-date, authoritative, and lavishly illustrated family, school, and library reference. It features comprehensive profiles of the 43 former presidents along with timelines and descriptions of crucial events during their terms. Information about the 2016 president-elect is also included.

Thematic spreads cover a variety of topics from the history of voting rights to writing a presidential letter. Full-page portraits, famous quotes, and fascinating facts help kids get to know each leader. This new volume is a fascinating read and excellent reference for students and kids of all ages.

What I Thought- This is a fabulous resource of most of what we know about the presidents of the United States. Granted, the book is not a full analysis, but a general outline of their highs, lows and accomplishments as president. Kids will be introduced to the presidents, along with information involved with the presidency; polling, the electoral college, and what first ladies do, among those mentioned. The information is presented in a clear, easy-to-understand and relatively unbiased way for the young readers. I really enjoy the layout of nonfiction books from National Geographic, with bold spreads, vivid pictures text as well as fact boxes. This book follows that format.

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The publisher lists it as a middle grade book, but it could be read by a younger reader, or a teacher could read to a class/parent to a younger child as well. An up-to-date read -Bausam included some information on the background of President Trump, but seeing as the book was published when he was still President-Elect, it couldn’t have included information on what he has done as president. All in all, this book is a great resource to start kids on learning about the presidents.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

8 Responses to “Review! Our Country’s Presidents by Ann Bausam”

  1. Darlene February 28, 2017 at 7:34 am #

    Looks like a good, up to date resource.

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

      I thought so too! National Geographic has really perfected this through all of the years it has been making these! 🙂

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  2. writersideup February 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

    This looks like a great book, Erik 🙂 (All but the last entry in it :-\, imo.)

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm #

      Thank you! National Geographic has collected a thorough resource of the presidents! 🙂

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  3. Genevieve Petrillo March 1, 2017 at 10:25 am #

    Mom wishes she had this book when she was a teacher. The little kids could use it to write little reports! Sweet!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

      That is a great idea! I wouldn’t be surprised if some teachers do that, but I also think that lots don’t even know it exists, or how good it is.

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  4. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews March 4, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    I have a similar book, sent from Time. I can’t believe it already has Trump on its cover. They must have held up the book until the election then punched in the winner–they picked the wrong winner.

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2017 at 4:28 pm #

      I know that Nat Geo had a Donald Trump chapter along with a Hillary Clinton chapter, and waited until they knew for sure who won.

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