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 Andrew Jackson, his early years in South Carolina and his involvement in the Revolutionary War as a young boy, life on Tennessee on the frontier, and his role in the Battle of New Orleans. All illustrations, except one of Jackson shortly after the camera was invented, are taken from art and cartoons of the day. One-page sections feature his wife and problems with her first marriage, Jackson’s Hermitage, and the Trail of Tears. Sidebars add 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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