Title: Wackiest White House PetsN501_sch_jkt_0.tif
Author: Gibbs Davis
Illustrator: David A. Johnson
Pages: 48
Reading Level: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Wackiest White House Pets tells the stories of the most unusual pets to accrue to the Presidential family from Thomas Jefferson’s two grizzlies to Woodrow Wilson’s ram, Old Ike, to the Roosevelt menagerie.

By treating the presidents through their pets, Wackiest White House Pets presented the Presidents in a highly personable manner, showing their peculiar quirks through the animals they included in their household.

Did you know…

  • That Washington had over forty hounds?
  • That the king of Siam presented several elephants to President Buchanan as a gift?
  • That Tad Lincoln like to hitch a pair of goats to a chair and go racing through the house with them?
  • That Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to fly in an airplane, ride in a car, and submerge in a submarine?
  • That William Howard Taft’s milk cow was kept in his garage alongside his cars?
  • That Woodrow Wilson’s ram, Old Ike, enjoyed chewing tobacco?


An illustration of Dolly Madison displays cleavage.

It is mentioned that John Q. Adams often went skinny dipping.

Conclusion. A very fun study – kids will love it!

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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