If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House

If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House


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In case you've ever wondered, the walls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have eyes and ears — and, what's more, they don't miss a thing. Now, listen up because the walls have a thing or two to tell you!
During President John Tyler's presidency, the White House was such a mess that it was called the "Public Shabby House."
President William Howard Taft was so large that he had to have a jumbo-size bathtub installed — one big enough for four people.
President Andrew Jackson's "open door" policy at the White House resulted in 20,000 people showing up for his inauguration party. (The new president escaped to the quiet of a nearby hotel!)
President Abraham Lincoln didn't mind at all that his younger sons, Tad and Willie, kept pet goats in their White House bedrooms.
Children all across the country sent in their own money to build an indoor swimming pool for wheelchair-bound President Franklin D. Roosevelt so that he could exercise.
President Harry S. Truman knew it was time to renovate the White House after a leg on his daughter's piano broke right through the floor.
Hear these funny, surprising stories and more about the most famous home in America and the extraordinary families who have lived in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689868634
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 08/10/2004
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

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If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful look at the White House and the presidents and their families. Engaging.
awiltenburg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This charming presidential family tell all is a well told true story about various presidential families 1789 G. Washington-2004 GW Bush. Book contains map of the White House, Ask the President pages which are real questions asked of the presidents. Very interesting quotes. Book presents facts in humorous tid bits with fun cartoon style illustrations. Faces are presented in caricature style art. I could use this book to teach humor, illustrations, presidents, biography skills, social studies topics, map representation, writers craft, etc. . . Grades 3+
dunnettreader More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my grandson in first grade. He can read some of it now and will be able to enjoy it for many years to come. It presents an interesting look at the White house and some of its residents in a fun and interesting style.