Susan Katz: The Presidents Stuck in the Bathtub



Chester A Arthur You don t necessarily believe that they were there all the time and we could debate if it s historically misleading to say that they were but at least Neubecker s making an effort That s somethingAs for the art itself Neubecker has a ood eye for what the most interesting thing to highlight in a Taken By the Sheriff the Deputy Too! given poem might be Often he has toet a little creative Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms Have him shaking hands with himself I enjoyed reading this children s book filled with Presidential factoids I even learned a few new things about the Presidents I LOVED this book It is a poetic anthology of all of our presidents Susan Katz playfully provides tidbits of political andor personal information about all of the men of the White House I enjoy this book because it is an excellent way to expose students to the presidents in a light hearted manner As a social studies teacher I feel that we focus so much on the formal accomplishments of presidents that we tend to forget that they were real people By jokingly bringing up the backgrounds and silly stories behind some of these men we are reminded that although presidents are impressive people they are still just people Robert Neubecker matches the playful poems with telling whimsical and often hilarious artwork that will most certainly Kentucky Grandmothers get youiggling This is a Štěky Broka Špindíry great book for ALL ages I think this would be areat book for President s Day for young men At the same time I teach AP Government to seniors in high school I would happily use some of these poems while covering the executive branch I love the concept of this book a poem about each of the Presidents However the uality of the poems was uneven and it would have been very helpful if a note had been iven on each page or at the back of the book as to what poetic form was being used Some poems rhymed some didn t I think this might confuse some young readers I do like the way the poems reveal little known facts about each President or his presidency which made it interesting I especially liked the poem about Thomas Jefferson because I didn t know about the inventions mentioned I also didn t know that some of the Presidents like Gerald Ford had changed their names before becoming President The poem about Harding s tendency to use alliteration in speeches made me want to find a recording of one The story about Harry S Truman thinking that the Whit. Who have lived in the White House With footnotes relating the facts behind the inspiration for each poem and a section called “Presidential Notes and uotes” in the back this is one hilarious history lesson that kids will elect to read over and over agai.

Pictured on a postage stamp Abraham Lincoln First president born outside the boundaries of the thirteen original states in Kentucky No mean featIn one of the reviews I read the reviewer complained that Katz brings up facts about the presidents that aren t particularly interesting Millard Fill was boring James Madison was short John Adams rotund etc Seems to me that isn t very fair consider how much fun their poems and the accompanying illustrations are in the end Besides I consider Millard Fill the letter X of the presidential world You know how every time you et an alphabet book you flip to the letter X to figure out how the authors chose to handle that difficult letter Well the same If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, goes for Fill Even William Henry Harrison s interesting as The Simpsons put it I died in thirty daysThe poetry itself mostly worked There are however a few times that it really rankled I m not a particularly creative person when it comes to scans and rhymes I like poems to make sense to me as they ABABAB or AABBCCD In this book you really have too on a case by case basis with some of these poems Yankee Doodle Dandy about William McKinley for example threw me for a serious loop The rhyme scheme such as it is appears to be ABCCD EDFFG When I write it out like that it makes a lot sense On the page however I was stumped by how to read it aloud particularly when the last word of dandy didn t seem to rhyme with anything Poems like these are rarities in a sea of verse that works I just wished that they all flowed as nicely as poems like The White House Gang about Teddy Roosevelt being a part of his son s rough and tumble crew or A Presidential Memo about NixonRobert Neubecker was an interesting fella to tap for this book I know he s done a lot of different books over the years but my primary association with him is still Wow City and its spin offs Neubecker s job here is hardly easy anyway First there s the issue of making the presidents recognizable done well enough though caricaturist he will never hope to be Then there s the issue of throwing than one race into the images Whenever we talk about the presidents we have to wait an awfully long time before we can Improve Your Communication Skills get to Barack Neubecker slips in different ethnicities when he reasonably can The fellow aghast at John uincy Adams skinny dipping Folks in the angry mob of Whigs not so sure about that one circa 1841 but all right The trumpeter playing Hail to the Chief to. Ame changed from Leslie Lynch King It’s true In The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub the lives of the presidents are served up as fact filled and fanciful poems that will make you laugh cringe andasp with amazement at the colorful cast of men and women.

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Funny what kids pick up When I was a tot of four I had a little electronic Decadent (Wicked Lovers game that came with its own book You d turn the pages and press the button that corresponded to the correct trivia uestion In this way I learned that Mozart wrote his first piece of music when he was five I figured I had some leeway because of this that Marie Antoinette had her head cut off and that President Taftot stuck in his bathtub because he was so fat That s the kind of presidential wisdom a kid s When Digital Becomes Human gonna carry with them the rest of their life It s also how I learned that teaching kids about famous people at a young age actually will stick with them into adulthood if the medium is interesting enough Poetry would not be my first method of instilling memories but in The President s Stuck in the Bathtub Poems About the Presidents poet Susan Katz does a darnood job locating fun facts about even the dullest leaders They may not have been eual in stature but at least in this book each one has his say whether it s escaping a vicious rabbit or seeing the occasional Intermix Nation ghostThey ve been dull and scintillating Clever and thick Remarkably tall and surprisingly short And what s with all the parrots as pets Withreat dexterity and even De-cluttering Your Closet greater patience Susan Katz culls entices and sometimes even forces interesting facts out of each and every one of our presidents That done she turns those traits or events into poems being sure to include fun additional facts at the bottom of each page The result is that kidset to meet Elevator Operator John F Kennedy the Funny Looking James Buchanan and even Vegetating George HW Bush Accompanied by work by illustrator Robert Neubecker the book is a ribald look at our nation s leaders Backmatter includes dates uotes nicknames and firsts for each manAs it says on the bookflap Susan Katz discovered while working on this book that not all American presidents were very funny people and she found herself doing research for this one project than for all her other books put together I m not surprised to hear it since the sheer number of new facts here are astounding She even seems to have made a conscious effort to avoid the obvious ones George Washington s teeth Lincoln s jokes etc Of course you can t help but wonder if Ms Katz made too much work for herself when she included a note on what each president was the first to do and didn t De Brandende Brug (De Grijze Jager, go with the obvious answers George Washington First president. Playful political poems about the penchants and peccadilloes of the presidentsSure William Taftot stuck in his tub but did you know that John uincy Adams used to skinny dip in the Potomac Herbert Hoover spoke Chinese with his wife and Gerald Ford had his

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