Book of the Week: President Adam’s Alligator And Other White House Pets



Cheryl Shaw Barnes and Peter Barnes, the creative force behind Woodrow, the White House Mouse have recently launched a new children’s book called President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets.

The book is written for students at a 3rd grade reading level, and is a fun resource for learning about our presidents while appealing to children’s love of animals.  My daughter and I enjoyed reading about the various Presidents and the pets they had while in office.  For example, did you know President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator? He kept it in a bathtub in the East Room of the White House. But President Adams wasn’t the only commander-in-chief with an unusual pet. Along with a collection of dogs, cats, horses and birds, presidents and their families also had pet snakes, raccoons, bears, cows, mice, and more. Meet Thomas Jefferson’s mockingbird, who ate from the president’s mouth; Warren Harding’s dog, who was served a birthday cake made of dog biscuits; and Teddy Roosevelt’s pony, who rode up the White House elevator. President Adams’ Alligator teaches children about the presidency through pets of the presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

We really enjoyed this book and I think it is a fun resource for learning about our presidents and the sometimes crazy pets they housed along with their family’s in The White House!  One of our favorite stories was Teddy Roosevelt and his family who loved animals so much they built a beautiful barn to house them all which included cats, dogs, horses, snakes, a kangaroo squirrel and even a one-legged rooster!  This is a really fun book and one your kids will enjoy reading!

And good news – Little Patriot Press is providing us with some books to hand out in a giveaway to some lucky mates!  Good luck!

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