With elections coming up next month, this is the perfect time for helping the boys learn a bit more about the Presidency and what it entails. What better way to achieve that for the younger boys than through a cute picture book?
About Woodrow: The White House Mouse
Woodrow G. Washingtail is back and ready to get to work as Commander-in-Cheese of the United Mice of America! A follow-up to Woodrow for President, Woodrow, the White House Mouse teaches children about the presidency, as well as the art, architecture and history of the White House. Written and illustrated by the bestselling and award-winning duo, Peter and Cheryl Barnes, Woodrow, the White House Mouse delights and amuses children as they learn about everything from inauguration day and the president’s duties to the Easter egg roll and the East Wing. Perfect for kids 5-8 years old, children will be educated and entertained as President Washingtail and his family work and play in the greatest mouse house of all.
About the Authors:
Peter and Cheryl Barnes are a husband and wife writing / illustrating team specializing in educational books for children. They are creators of more than a dozen books, many of which have been featured on numerous top-tier TV and radio shows including The Today Show, C-Span’s Book TV, National Public Radio, and in prominent print outlets such as the New York Times,Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Roll Call, Washington Times, and Child Magazine.
Cheryl and Peter’s books have won numerous national and regional book awards including the 2010 USA Book New Best Book Award, the National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Book for Young People Award, and the Distinguished Authors for a Body of Work Award from the Capital Books Festival. As the owners of VSP Books, the Barnes’s also published the New York Times bestsellers Heartsongs and Journey through Heartsongs by Mattie Stepanek, a young poet with muscular dystrophy whose friendship with Oprah Winfrey catapulted him to international prominence.
Cheryl is an illustrator with a background in architecture and is Creative Director of Little Patriot Press. Peter is a journalist who currently works for Fox Business Network. He has also reported for CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations. They have two grown children and one grandchild and live in Alexandria, Virginia.
You can see other titles on their website, Little Patriot Press.
This is a darling book that presents different aspects of the President’s job and the rooms of The White House in an easy to understand fashion. I love the illustrations throughout the book and find that having a mouse in office makes this book quite neutral when it comes to the different parties.
The writing flows rhythmically as it is written more like a long poem with every pair of lines rhyming. This style of writing seems to be a draw for the younger kids (like J) who enjoy the more sing song rhythm for a story. But, even an elementary student could enjoy this title and learn from it.
At the back of the book there are a few pages titled “The Tail End” which presents more background for the parents or educator to utilize this title more fully. The only website mentioned is for The White House Historical Association. While it is easy enough for people to search and find sites focused upon the Presidency, it would have been nice to have a few vetted sites listed as well.
All in all, this is a nice book to help the younger student gain some appreciation of what The President does whether in an election season or not.
Woodrow: The White House Mouse comes in hardback with a retail price of $16.95 US/ $19 CAN and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books a Million. (I noticed it is available for Kindle at the low price of $1.60, too!)
Disclaimer ~ We were sent a copy of the book to facilitate a review as part of a TLC Book Tour. No other compensation occurred and all opinions are our own. You can see what other reviewers thought of this title by visiting the Woodrow The White House Mouse Tour page.