2017, 224p, Non-Fiction
My Rating=3 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
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.
I was mixed on this book. First of all, it is a beautiful, high quality book, full of pictures, quotes, and other interesting tidbits on the presidency, political parties, Electoral College, first ladies, and much more. There's a section at the beginning which shares how the book is organized so you can use it in the way that works best for you. Each bio has a fact box which features the president's signature, as well as interesting facts about each president.
I'm always a little bit leery when reading books like this as they sometimes will be slanted one way or the other. Unfortunately, this one has that slant. Some of the presidential bios lean more towards facts, background, and achievements of the president. As I read about our more modern presidents, there was a definite bias which was disappointing to me. Even though some of the bios fall flat to me, there are sections of this book I will use with my children.