So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George
(Caldecott Medal Book)

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So you want to be President! Why not? Presidents have come in every variety. They've been generals like George Washington and actors like Ronald Reagan, big like William Howard Taft and small like James Madison, handsome like Franklin Pierce and homely like Abraham Lincoln.

From the embarrassment of skinny-dipping John Quincy Adams to the mischievous adventure of Theodore Roosevelt's pony, Judith St. George shares the backroom facts, the spitfire comments, and the comical anecdotes that have been part and parcel of America's White House.

Hilariously illustrated by Caldecott honor-winning artist David Small, this celebration shows us the foibles, quirks, and the humanity of forty-one men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world.
 

About Judith St. George

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Judith St. George (www.judithstgeorge.com) is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of more than forty books. She lives in Connecticut. David Small (www.davidsmallbooks.com) was awarded a Caldecott Medal for So You Want to Be President? and a Caldecott Honor Medal for The Gardener. His graphic novel memoir, Stitches, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Michigan.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by See notes. 52 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Just in time for the presidential election, St. George (In the Line of Fire: Presidents Lives at Stake, 1999, etc.) uses the experiences of our 42 presidents to counsel youngsters harboring that uniquely American desire—to be president.

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Some readers may miss the kinds of details that tantalizingly cluttered the pages in the previous volume (here, Alexander Graham Bell's invention gets one paragraph: "When he grew up, he dreamed of people talking across distances—maybe by electric signals.

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This topically focused collection focuses upon American politics: the history of her past presidents, a modern look at Capitol Hill, a little girl’s presidential aspirations, and one woman’s journey towards voting equality.

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Through anecdotes (Did you know that John Quincy Adams got caught skinny dipping?) and fun facts, find out what made these men both great --- and ordinary, just like us.

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Chock full of facts, history and funny pictures, this book tells you how regular our presidents have been - just like you - and you can learn what it takes to be president too!

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