There are various ways to learn about our Presidents; you can find biographies which describe them exhaustively, you might find a textbook that briefly introduces all of them, or you can do it the fun way. You can buy books like Facts and Fun About the Presidents.
Facts and Fun doesn’t tell you all that much about the Presidents’ political stances or religious beliefs, but it does tell you about the Roosevelt’s pet pony who rode in the White House elevator, and the nickname Grover Cleveland gave his favorite hunting rifle.
Abraham Lincoln sometimes made jokes about his homely looks. When Senator Stephen A. Douglas called him a ‘two-faced man,’ Lincoln replied, “If I had another face, do you think I would wear this one?” [pg. 65]
Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth President, never wasted words. His nick-name was ‘Silent Cal’.
A reporter once said to him: “I bet someone that I could get more than two words out of you.”
Replied Cal: “You lose.” [pg. 65]
Abigail Adams, First Lady from 1797-1801, brought the first piano to the White House. [pg. 43]
Five of the forty-one Presisents had no children. The thirty-six Presidents who did have children had a total of 151 – 90 were boys and 61 were girls. [pg. 31]
“Herbert Hoover’s son, Allan, had two pet alligators that sometimes were permitted to wander loose around the White House.” [pg. 42]
Ulysses S. Grant smoked twenty cigars a day. [pg. 82]
Conclusion. Each of the Presidents are treated with the same degree of approbation. Because no serious issues were addressed, this worked fine. Facts and Fun About the Presidents is filled with those kinds of facts that children love to remember – the funny ones.
Review © 2012 Laura Verret