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If You Want a Friend in Washington

If You Want a Friend in Washington

Wacky, Wild & Wonderful Presidential Pets

Hardcover

$17.99
If You Want a Friend in Washington

About the Book

A clever, funny, and informative look at the pets--from Calvin Coolidge's wallaby to Teddy Roosevelt's flying squirrels--that have passed through the White House gates. Perfect for fans of I Am George Washington and So You Want to Be President?

President Truman famously said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." And a dog is what many presidents got. From James Garfield to Calvin Coolidge to Richard Nixon, presidents often found a friend in Fido (in fact, Abe Lincoln's pup was actually named Fido). Others preferred cats, horses, small critters, or even big, ferocious animals like bears and alligators. With a catchy refrain ("If you want a friend in Washington . . . , "), this is a funny, educational book about the animals that have passed through the White House. Whether it's favorite dogs like Barbara Bush's Millie or the Obamas' Bo; Abraham Lincoln's cat, Dixie; Calvin Coolidge's hippo, Billy; or Andrew Jackson's foul-mouthed parrot, Poll, Erin McGill brings to life a menagerie of presidential pets in this entertaining, whimsical, and carefully researched picture book that's perfect for animal lovers and history buffs alike.

Product Details

On sale: July 7, 2020
Age: 5-9 years
Grade: Grades K-4
Page count: 44 Pages
ISBN: 9780593122693
Reading level: Lexile: 920L | Fountas/Pinnell: P

Author Bio

Erin McGill received a BFA in illustration at Pratt Institute, where she discovered her love of patterns, textiles, and collage. She is the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Fellowship, a Highlights Foundation grant, the SCBWI Portfolio Award, and the SCBWI Award for Humor. She is the author-illustrator of I DO NOT LIKE AL'S HAT, with two picture books forthcoming. This is her first nonfiction project.

Praise

“Great, fascinating, lighthearted fun.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

“The White House was often as much a menagerie as a residence. A fetching sidelight on U.S. history.” —Booklist, starred review 

Contains fascinating facts with charming ­illustrations—perfect for conveying historical tidbits to young children.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This book is a treat.” —Publishers Weekly