A noteworthy review of Our Presidents from Children's Literature on January 1, 2002
This entry in the well-written ‘Our Presidents’ series provides an overview of Calvin Coolidge’s life, including his early years in Vermont and later Massachusetts, his rise to political life and important aspects of his presidency, including his reaction to the Teapot Dome Scandal and the Ku Klux Klan. A variety of photographs show his family, early career and official government activities. Other outtake pages include information about the stock market crash after Coolidge left office and the common perception that he had a low-key interpretation of his role. Sidebars include interesting facts and picture captions are informative and lengthy enough to inform casual browsers. Each book in the series ends with a glossary defining highlighted words in the text, a timeline specific to the president’s life, a complete table of presidents through George W. Bush with their home states, life spans, presidential spans, political party and the name of their first ladies. Included are a page of ‘Presidential Facts’ and numerous web sites and relevant suggested other resources, as well as an index. All in all, it’s a strong, informative and very readable contribution to the literature about presidents for upper elementary and middle-school readers.
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