Wackiest White House Pets by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

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Meet some of the White House's wackiest residents in this Parents' Choice Gold Award Winning Book. Animal lovers of all ages will laugh out loud at these comical anecdotes and hilarious illustrations in a side-splitting look at American History.

Did you know nearly 400 White House pets - including alligators, bears and raccoons - have belonged to U.S. presidents and their families? John Quincy Adams' visiting alligator slithered across the White House steps only to chase away his guests! Thomas Jefferson took walks around the garden with his pet grizzly bears! James Buchannan received a herd of elephants from the King of Siam! One milk-loving president kept a cow on the White House lawn....and this is just the beginning.

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"With comical anecdotes and hilarious illustrations, this is a side-splitting look at American history shown through the most child-appealing White House residents." - CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL

"Animal lovers in the family will enjoy Gibbs Davis's Wackiest White House Pets...It's hard not to laugh at such great illustrations as Millie with a laptop and Woodrow Wilson's sheep mowing the White House lawn." - NEW YORK POST

"Children will love learning little-known facts about the founding fathers." - PARENT'S CHOICE FOUNDATION *GOLD AWARD-WINNER*

"Scholastic turns the White House upside down with Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis, illustrated by David A. Johnson." - PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis demonstrates warmly to readers 6-10 that even presidents find comfort in keeping animals...At the back of this charming book is a special section listing other presidential pets." - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"This whimsical topic will appeal to history buffs and provide entertaining insights into the family life of presidents..." - BOOKLIST

*Wackiest White House Pets teacher activity guide: scholastic.com/wackiestguide
 

About Kathryn Gibbs Davis

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David A. Johnson is an accomplished editorial artist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. He has illustrated several children's books, including On Sand Island by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (Houghton Mifflin), Abraham Lincoln by Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt (Scholastic), and Old Mother Hubbard: A Nursery Rhyme (Simon & Schuster). He lives in Windham, Connecticut.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Scholastic. 48 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Opening with the arguable notion that “pets make a house a home,” Davis identifies 15 unusual members of the sizeable menagerie (about 400 strong, so far) that presidents or their families have kept.

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