I was introduced to the series of books about U.S. Presidents by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes when I won the Homeschool Blog Award from The Homeschool Post. Woodrow the White House Mouse was one of my prizes. Princess Roo and I sat down and devoured it immediately. Because of Princess Roo’s reaction to that book, when I got the opportunity to read President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets, I jumped at the chance.
President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets
President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes arrived at our house mid-morning. The girls jumped up from their lessons and ran to the door to see what FedEx had brought us. When I took the book out of the package, I knew our homeschool lesson plans for the day had changed. BookGirl and Princess Roo were completely engrossed in the book.
I set aside my original plans for social studies and read President Adams’ Alligator to the kids. It is full of facts about the Presidents and their pets, including the names of the unusual animals and how they were housed and treated while on White House property. The Presidents and their pets are presented in chronological order. I appreciate that because it reinforces a timeline for the girls.
I also love that this book, like Woodrow the White House Mouse, has a picture at the front of the book that the kids must search for on each page. This is fun for all children, but it’s especially helpful for children with visual processing (and similar) issues. These books allow them to do some “therapy” without it feeling like work!
I am impressed by President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets. It is full of interesting and fun facts about the Presidents and their pets, has full-color illustrations that capture the imagination, has fun hidden pictures on every page, and has completely captured my children’s attention!
If you’re looking for something fun, engaging, and educational, you need to check out President Adams’ Alligator and Other White House Pets! Your family just might love it as much as we do!
Little Patriot Press has generously agreed to give TWO of you a copy of President Adams’ Alligator! This giveaway ends at 9:00 pm CST on Friday, February 8, 2013. Please enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below, and read the full terms and conditions after you log in to the widget.