Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)

by Kathleen Krull

Hardcover, 1998



Local notes

920 Kru




Harcourt Children's Books (1998), Edition: ILL, 96 pages


Focuses on the lives of presidents as parents, husbands, pet-owners, and neighbors while also including humorous anecdotes about hairstyles, attitudes, diets, fears, and sleep patterns.


Utah Beehive Book Award (Nominee — Informational Books — 2000)
Children's Favorites Awards (Selection — 1999)

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Physical description

96 p.; 10.56 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member librarianlou
I love all of Kathleen Krull's work. This isn't a book a child is likely to read aloud on their own. It would be a great book to spice history lessons.
LibraryThing member teachluvsbooks
Each section is full of information about each president. While reading you will have to identify your purpose for reading and note details that support that purpose.
LibraryThing member ermilligan
It focuses on the lives of the presidents and their role as parents, husbands, pet owners and neighbors while including humorous anecdotes about hairstyles, attitudes, diets, and fears. It is a good educational book about our history in the US and that they are people just like you and me.
LibraryThing member viviandoughty
This book contains relevant, interesting facts regarding all of the American presidents leading up to the publication date (1998) and Clinton. It receives a high review, mostly because of it's ability to engage the reader into what could be (for some) a rather dry subject. I feel as if the books
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really give a glimpse into the heart, soul, and personality of each man represented.
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LibraryThing member lilibrarian
Short biographies of each of the United States presidents, highlighting their individual quirks.
LibraryThing member gjchauvin504
This is a great book about the presidents. This book has great pictures of the presidents. I would defiantly recomend every one too have this book because it helpful to teach us abbouut the presidents I even learned some new things.
LibraryThing member krystalkay
This book is one I came across, and ended up really enjoying it. I would work great in an older classroom K-3; and contains the stories of each president in chronological order. Large, fun pictures are also used.
This can be an everyday reader in the library or used to implement a lesson on
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LibraryThing member matthewbloome
I'd really like to see what she'd make of the past two presidents and the end of Clinton's administration. Krull did a pretty good job of gathering some fun anecdotes, but she seemed to favor certain presidents' stories over others. For instance, she poured it on when it came to Taft and Woodrow
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Wilson, but then she she finished off Harding with a pretty stern assessment of his presidency and a couple of sentences about his wife possibly having poisoned him.
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