We are reviewing another great book by Peter Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes that helps parents teach their children about what it means to be the President of the United States. In Woodrow for President we found Woodrow running for President. In Woodrow The White House Mouse, Woodrow and his family work and play in the White House. We are introduced to the State Room, Oval Office and even the Easter Egg Roll on the lawn and the Christmas tree in the Blue Room. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes are a great team and provide a fun way for parents to teach their children about the President and his duties.
The book opens to a nice dedication: “We dedicate this book to all the presidents, first ladies, and their families, and to all the men and women who have served in the White House and executive branch — thank you for your hard work and public service.” I think this a wonderful dedication as it shows respect for one of the hardest jobs in the world! We are also told to look for the Presidential Seal that is hidden in each illustration – which makes for an engaged child!
I like the illustrations that Ms. Barnes creates as they seem in some ways child-like and something children can relate to. I loved the page where we see Woodrow G. Washingtail being sworn in to the office on top of the book raising his right paw. Too fun! We found it quite educational to see what the Oval Office looks like in a way that a child can relate to. Also, the page where the “Chief Executive” office is broken down into the different departments he is in charge of such as Transportation, Justice and Labor– and, of course, Education among others is easy to follow and understand for young readers. The book also does a nice job of describing how the President is the “Commander in Chief” and he is also responsible for The Army and Navy, Air Force and Marines – and they all report to the president as the boss or “The Big Cheese.”
You will really enjoy Woodrow The White House Mouse as much as your children. It was a nice refresher course for myself and I learned a few things about what each room in The White House is used for. The East Room, for example, is used for artistic events, like concerts and shows for the visitors. It’s fun to learn something new!
Some of the fascinating Federal facts included in the book include:
~James Madison, the 4th president, was also the smallest at five feet, four inches tall and less than 100 lbs.
~The president who served the shortest term was the 9th, William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia a month after his inaugurations.
~Throughout its history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
~In the Oval Office the president stis at the Resolute Desk, which was made from the oak timbers of the British ship Resolute. The desk was given as a gift to President Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1880.
GOOD NEWS! We have three books from Mr. and Mrs. Shaw to hand out in a Giveaway including: Woodrow The White House Mouse, Marshall The Courthouse Mouse, House Mouse Senate Mouse.
We are happy to be participating as a Host in the TLC Book Tours.
NOTE: I was provided with a copy of the book to review. However, this did not influence my opinion.