White House Q&A (Smithsonian Q&a)

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Was the White House always white?

Did someone actually burn down the White House?

Is it true that a person went skinny-dipping in a White House fountain?

More than 200 years old, the White House is no ordinary house. The site of many significant moments in American history, this is certainly a home of great importance. Get an insider's tour of the president's mansion, with the fun facts, stories, and photos available in White House Q&A

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Grade 3–5—The history and functions of the presidential residence are unveiled in the typical series format. The questions are organized so that the story of the White House unfolds logically—first with a definition of what it is, how it came to be, some of its history, how to visit, special rooms, and, of course, a look at how the first families live. Anecdotes are plentiful and child-centered. Each spread is devoted to one question and its answer. The answers are clear, but some miss opportunities to give historical reference points. Information on visiting the White House fails to explain how to make the reservation that it mentions as necessary. The final section, an interview with the White House curator, explains his background and functions. The elegant page layout includes full-color, full-bleed illustrations from Smithsonian archives and some presidential libraries. Small inset illustrations and caption boxes provide further information. Several of the photos and artworks have been seen elsewhere but others are less familiar. "Smithsonian links," URLs leading to more photos and other primary-source materials, are provided on several pages. A solid addition to use with Jane O'Connor's If the Walls Could Talk (S & S, 2004).—Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI
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