Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents

Hardcover | December 17, 2013

byMarilyn SingerIllustratorJohn Hendrix

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Forty-three men with forty-three passions, but with one thing in common: a presidential place in America's history.

With her gift for unforgettable rhythm and innovative rhyme, Marilyn Singer brings the presidents of the United States to life-from Washington to Obama-and contextualizes them in their time. Illustrations by John Hendrix are full of hilarious wit and refined exuberance, and backmatter enriches the experience with short biographies, quotes by each president, and more.

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Forty-three men with forty-three passions, but with one thing in common: a presidential place in America's history.With her gift for unforgettable rhythm and innovative rhyme, Marilyn Singer brings the presidents of the United States to life-from Washington to Obama-and contextualizes them in their time. Illustrations by John Hendrix a...

Marilyn Singer (www.marilynsinger.net) is the author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, includingThe Boy Who Cried Alien,I'm Your Bus, Tallulah's Tutu,Mirror Mirror,andMonster Museum. She lives with her husband and a variety of creatures in Brooklyn, NY, and Washington, CT.John Hendrix (www.johnhendrix.com) lives ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:56 pages, 11.25 × 9 × 0.5 inPublished:December 17, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1423171004

ISBN - 13:9781423171003

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"Who were these men / who had what it took / to be commander in chief of all the armed forces, / to suggest what to do with our country's resources?" Forty-three presidents receive thirty-nine poems here; Grover Cleveland gets two-one for each nonconsecutive term in office. Unlike Susan Katz's The President's Stuck in the Bathtub (rev. 5/12), which focused on quirky traits, this volume touches on more sophisticated subjects such as political ideology, foreign policy, and domestic programs. In a single poem Thomas Jefferson and John Adams debate their political differences. Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan engage in a four-way conversation about states' rights, while Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren examine Manifest Destiny in a two-voiced poem. (Poor old William Howard Taft, however, is still stuck in the bathtub, as his corpulence seems to override national issues.) A quote from George Washington in a bold hand-lettered font opens the book, and with the poem positioned on the facing page, readers have space to contemplate its meaning. In other cases, however, the richly colored art overwhelms the text; for example, William Henry Harrison's poem is lost in the swirling storm that surrounds him as he delivers his inaugural address (but then again, that weather also overpowered the man, causing the pneumonia that killed him). Brief biographical notes of each president give pertinent, but abbreviated, background information; sources are included. betty carter-Horn Book