Exploring the White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home

Kate Andersen Brower. Quill Tree, $16.99 (240p) ISBN 978-0-06-290641-0
This chatty behind-the-scenes look at life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue offers an uneven survey of its history and inner workings. Former White House correspondent Brower, who has written about this subject for adults, pays particular attention to the approximately 100 permanent nonpartisan employees, including the butlers, florists, plumbers, and chefs who keep the 132-room mansion running. The narrative offers architectural details, such as Taft’s adding the Oval Office; shines light into the experience of first children and pets; recounts ghost stories; and serves up choice details about U.S. presidents, including their favorite meals and quirks. Though much of the read is enjoyable, a story about Dolley Madison is repeated, and Jackie Kennedy receives more coverage than other first ladies. While a chapter on race—“Understanding the Past: Race and the White House”—grapples with the history of a house built by enslaved people, it also treats racism as a historical issue rather than a systemic and ongoing one. Includes a timeline, questions, list of presidents and first ladies, and recommended reading. Ages 8–12. Agent: Howard Yoon, Ross Yoon Agency. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 10/22/2020
Release date: 12/01/2020
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 320 pages
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-230521-3
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Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-247601-2
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-0-06-290643-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-4815-3456-7
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