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U.S. presidents

bausum_our country's presidentsBausum, Ann Our Country’s Presidents: All You Need to Know About the Presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama
Gr. 4–6   224 pp. National Geographic

New ed., 2009. This updated volume offers balanced chronological summaries of the forty-four U.S. presidents’ terms, along with fact boxes, quotations, and official portraits. Interspersed are occasional double-page spreads about historical periods and related topics such as the vice-presidency. Numerous photographs and several diagrams illustrate the accessible text, which concludes with a chart of election results. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Collective Biographies; Presidents—United States; History, American

Emancipation ProclamationBolden, Tonya Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty
Middle school, high school   120 pp. Abrams

Bolden succeeds in taking a complicated story and a dry document and making the narrative interesting, lively, and personal. The book is chock full of (even overstuffed with) reproductions of photographs, famous documents, paintings, engravings, cartoons, and maps, all thoroughly captioned, offering an album of visuals that make for fascinating browsing.
Subjects: North America; History, American—Emancipation Proclamation; Lincoln, Abraham; Presidents—United States; Slavery

castrovilla_revolutionary friendsCastrovilla, Selene Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
Gr. 4–6   40 pp. Boyds/Calkins

Illustrated by Drazen Kozjan. This picture book chronicles the friendship of Washington and the French nobleman Lafayette during the American Revolution. Lafayette’s deep affection and admiration for Washington are recorded, as well as Lafayette’s military leadership and contributions to the American and French revolutions. Full-page pen-and-ink illustrations, sidebars from Lafayette’s writings, and extensive timelines of the lives of both men accompany the informative text. Bib., glos.
Subjects: North America; History, American—Revolutionary War; Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de; Washington, George; Friendship; Presidents—United States

harris_how to analyze the works of abraham lincolnHarris, Laurie Lanzen How to Analyze the Works of Abraham Lincoln
High school   112 pp. ABDO

Kesselring, Mari How to Analyze the Works of Franklin D. Roosevelt
High school   112 pp. ABDO

Qaiser, Annie How to Analyze the Works of George Washington
High school   112 pp. ABDO

Essential Critiques series. These volumes introduce critical theory and provide instructions for understanding historic speeches and works of famous Americans. Lightly annotated essays modeling the application of criticism through different approaches are included. Each book leads readers through key steps of analysis and encourages readers’ own critiques. These are suitable overviews of historical interpretation and essay construction. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: North America; Washington, George; Presidents—United States; Writing; Lincoln, Abraham; Roosevelt, Franklin D.

kalman_thomas jeffersonKalman, Maira Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything
Gr. K–3
   40 pp. Penguin/Paulsen

Kalman’s colloquial, occasionally arch, and whimsical narrative is heavy with historical import and dotted with trivia about Jefferson’s life at Monticello. A series of spreads, with Kalman’s familiar primitivist rendering and chromatic brilliance, details Jefferson’s work as collector, architect, horticulturalist, and musician. The vibrant imagery, frank content, and disarming language combine in a nuanced portrait that respects its subject and its audience.
Subjects: Biographies; Presidents—United States; Jefferson, Thomas

From the January 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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