If You Want a Friend in Washington (Hardcover)
Wacky, Wild & Wonderful Presidential Pets
Schwartz & Wade, 9780593122693, 44pp.
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
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Library Binding (7/7/2020)
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.
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Praise For If You Want a Friend in Washington: Wacky, Wild & Wonderful Presidential Pets…
“First Families went for cats, horses, birds, livestock of various sorts, or even alligators and other wild animals…. The White House was often as much a menagerie as a residence. A fetching sidelight on U.S. history." —Booklist, starred review
“[T]his story contains fascinating facts with charming illustrations—perfect for conveying historical tidbits to young children” —School Library Journal, starred review