“In the early years of this great nation, around the time when the colonies fought for freedom from England, one man who was trust worthy and brave stood out. His name was George Washington. As the first president of the United States, he had a long list of things he wanted to accomplish, one such...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Picture book about building the White House. ”Joy A wrote this review Monday, November 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In the early years of this great nation, around the time when the colonies fought for freedom from England, one man who was trust worthy and brave stood out. His name was George Washington. As the first president of the United States, he had a long list of things he wanted to accomplish, one such thing was to build a special house that could be a great symbol to this nation. The President presented a contest for the best concept and awarded a $500 prize. As the construction began, the President helped too, by surveying, measuring and pounding stakes.
Clever rhyme and fact filled tidbits show readers with excellent water colored illustrations just how much work was involved in building a magnificent structure that we've all come to recognize. The back of the book has a list of facts in regards to how this house has changed with each president over the years. There are facts in the author's notes and a list of resources readers can utilize to learn even more.
“"The House that George Built” by Suzanne Slade; published by Charlesbridge; New York; copyright 2012.
1. Awards: None
2. Grade Level: Kindergarten to 2nd grade
3. Summary: This book is about President George Washington and the creation of the White House.
Review: This book is great for young children. It includes poetry which will grab the student’s interests. It is also informative however the poetry makes it more amusing to listen to. The illustrations are colorful and detailed. Overall, children will love learning from this book.
4. Classroom Uses:
-Do a lesson on the history of Presidents; if Presidential Election is around introduce that concept and maybe have a mock election
-Go on a class trip to the White House
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“The House that George Built” Suzanne Slade; published by Charlesbridge; New York; copyright 2012
1. Awards this book has won: None
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for Kindergarten-4th grade
3. Summary: This book gives a brief introduction to George Washington and tells about the story of the creation of the White House.
Review: This book has virtually two books built into one. There is a poem/lyrical section as well as an informative narrative. The two sections are on opposite pages and in different sized font. There are different facts and author notes in the back for more information. This is a great new book with beautiful illustrations and great for introduction to presidents and the elections.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Introduce students to Presidents and the presidential election
-Have students take a field trip to the White House
-Have students make White House diagrams/illustrations
-Have students “sing” the rhyme in the book like “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”
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