I Wish I Knew That: U.S. Presidents: Cool Stuff You Need To Know
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- Thomas Jefferson, our third president, spoke six languages, invented many things (the swivel chair and the pedometer, to name two), and designed and built not only Monticello (his rural home) but also the University of Virginia.
- Theodore Roosevelt, was one of the nation's great hunters, and the Smithsonian is filled with hundreds of specimens from his safari in Africa. He was also our first environmentalist president, setting aside nearly 200 million acres for national parks and wildlife refuges.
You'll also find a section on "The First Ladies"-short takes on all the presidents' wives. The book ends with a special feature that's just in time for the 2012 election: how a president gets elected. From the first presidential election to recent recounts, this chapter clearly explains to a young audience how we choose the next leader of our country.
Includes over 100 whimsical illustrations!
House and sold at auction. A Fashionable, Private Man Because he was a very fashionable dresser, he was called “Elegant Arthur.” He was said to have more than 80 pairs of trousers and would change clothes several times a day depending upon what he was doing. He fiercely protected his personal life. “I may be President of the United States,” he once said, “but my private life is nobody’s damned business.” He was not nominated for a second term. 22nd & 24th President ~ 1885–1889 & 1893–1897
president to invite an African-American, Booker T. Washington, to the White House for dinner. FUN FACTS Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to win a Nobel Prize. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for negotiating a treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War. Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901. When he left office, he went on an extended safari in Africa and collected hundreds of specimens for the Smithsonian museums. MONUMENTS TO OUR PRESIDENTS MIGHTY
MOUNT RUSHMORE Presidental Faces Carved with Dynamite The Sioux Indians who lived in South Dakota called the mountain Six Grandfathers. The faces of four American presidents looking out over the Black Hills are carved into the face of the nearly 6,000-foot-high peak that is today called Mount Rushmore. A Famous Sculptor In 1924, Gutzon Borglum, a famous sculptor who created a memorial to Civil War soldiers in Georgia, was asked by officials in South Dakota to create a memorial that would
the U.S.), he ordered a blockade around the island. For 13 days the U.S. and the Soviet Union came close to nuclear war—until the Soviet Union agreed to take away the missiles. Kennedy also started sending troops into a small country in Asia called Vietnam. FUN FACT Kennedy is one of two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The other is Taft. The Assassination In an event that still shocks and saddens the world, President Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey
scandal Weddings, in White House White House bathtubs in building of burning of early Presidents and electricity in interior decorating name of weddings in Wilson, Edith Wilson, Woodrow World War I World War II Reader’s Digest Books for Young Readers I Wish I Knew That: Science Why does matter matter? What makes the earth quake? How did life come about? Why does the moon shine? Kids will learn the answers to these and hundreds of fascinating questions about humans, earth, space,