Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times

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Scholastic, Incorporated, Jan 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 246 pages
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The Scholastic Encyclopedia of the Presidents and Their Times documents the tenure of each of the American presidents. It also includes information about the headlines, people, and fads that were defining America during each presidency. It is an easy-to-use resource that reflects events through the election of the next president in 2008.

Each profile includes a fact box that lists the president's birthday, birthplace, vice president, wife, children, and nickname. It also lists the president's full name and years he was in office.

Following the fact box is a one-page description of each year that president served. In other words, there are eight pages about Clinton and four about Carter. Each page explains the key issues that the president addressed that year, as well as what was important to Americans at that time. A brief description of each presidential campaign is included as well.

Besides serving as a quick reference source for information on the presidents, this title offers insight into general American history as well. For example, if a child born in 1990 wanted to see who was president when she was born, she could look up the page for 1990. There she would find that Bush was president and one of the biggest issues he faced that year was the Gulf War. She would also discover that Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa in 1990 and that hip-hop music was beginning to attract a strong following.

Two additional features follow the presidential profiles. The first is a table with the results of all American presidential elections. It includes the candidates' names, their parties, and the popular and electoral votes each recieved. The other feature is a history of the White House that includes several photos of the White House over the past 150 years.

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Awesome book for homeschooling. Bought this for my third grader so he could learn about the presidents. Concise information on our presidents with lots of historical information presented in an interesting and readable format. I've been reading it myself and I can tell you I've learned more about our government and history than I did in 13 years of public school and 4 years of college. LOVE this book.  

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About the author (2009)

A nationally recognized author, speaker, and historian, David Rubel writes enduring books of American history. His collaborators have included Pulitzer Prize-winners Joseph J. Ellis and James M. McPherson, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein, and President Jimmy Carter.

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