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What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse - twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird Bu What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse - twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you'll have a blast learning that there's a lot of substance - and weirdness - in every president's past. From the Trade Paperback edition.


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What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse - twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird Bu What's so weird about U.S. presidents? Plenty! Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler? That Ulysses S. Grant got a speeding ticket riding his horse - twice! Or that Benjamin Harrison was afraid of electricity? And let's not forget that President McKinley had a pet parrot that whistled "Yankee Doodle Dandy" duets with him! In this new single-subject Weird But True book, you'll have a blast learning that there's a lot of substance - and weirdness - in every president's past. From the Trade Paperback edition.

30 review for Weird But True Know-It-All: U.S. Presidents

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    National Geographic Kids Books is debuting titles that are perfect for celebrating not only our country’s amazing history, but learning more about our founding fathers — and those that followed in their footsteps. Weird but true! Know-it-all U.S.Presidents is simply packed with interestiing bits of information about each of the U.S. presidents. Some of it is funny, some intriguing, and some basic information about their presidency. It is quite a treat to learn some of this hitherto little known National Geographic Kids Books is debuting titles that are perfect for celebrating not only our country’s amazing history, but learning more about our founding fathers — and those that followed in their footsteps. Weird but true! Know-it-all U.S.Presidents is simply packed with interestiing bits of information about each of the U.S. presidents. Some of it is funny, some intriguing, and some basic information about their presidency. It is quite a treat to learn some of this hitherto little known information. Some bears witness to the greatness of the man and some bears witness that they were simply humans with flawed personalities just as the rest of us are. While this probably wouldn't be considered a go-to source for research papers, it certainly could be a springboard for such. Also, delving into the pages of this book will most certainly whet the appetite to learn more and dig deeper into the recesses of history. This will make super reading (to stave off the dark pit of the summer slump) during the summer and then a handy resource for projects during the school year. I highly recommend. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic Kids Books and the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    MY REVIEW: This book is one of the BEST I have seen. It is awesome how it is laid out. It is like a vision sensation because it jammed with pictures, illustrations and facts galore. There is so much to look at and read. I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new. Here is a fun tidbit: Monroe once defended himself with a fire tongs after a disagreement with his secretary of state. Learn about so much awesome and wacky facts about our presidents in this book! MY REVIEW: This book is one of the BEST I have seen. It is awesome how it is laid out. It is like a vision sensation because it jammed with pictures, illustrations and facts galore. There is so much to look at and read. I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new. Here is a fun tidbit: Monroe once defended himself with a fire tongs after a disagreement with his secretary of state. Learn about so much awesome and wacky facts about our presidents in this book! It is filled with things that I find fun, interesting and oh so strange. My kids loved this book so much too. What a great way to teach history. Kids cannot help but be entertained because Nat Geo Kids knows what kids want and delivers it in spades.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    Even though we didn't have a Presidential election this month, it's still a good time to share a fabulous book about the U.S. Presidents, past and present. These WEIRD BUT TRUE books are always a hit with kids. Whenever I am subbing they are the first ones chosen from my book bag during free reading time. They are fun and informative and the kids don't even realize they are learning something every time they read it. This book begins with facts about the job of President of the United States in ge Even though we didn't have a Presidential election this month, it's still a good time to share a fabulous book about the U.S. Presidents, past and present. These WEIRD BUT TRUE books are always a hit with kids. Whenever I am subbing they are the first ones chosen from my book bag during free reading time. They are fun and informative and the kids don't even realize they are learning something every time they read it. This book begins with facts about the job of President of the United States in general. Then it features every U.S. President and their own little-known facts. The bobblehead like caricatures of the Presidents on every page are awesome! I looked up a couple of Presidents including Herbert Hoover, the only President from Iowa. The Hoover Dam was named for him, he was not in attendance when it opened because he wasn't invited. Even though his Presidency was during a difficult time in our history, he was still an interesting and intelligent man. He and his wife learned enough Mandarin to be able to speak it to each other during White House events so people couldn't understand what they were saying. Our family's favorite President is Ronald Reagan so I didn't think I would learn anything new about him, but I did! I knew he liked to joke around, and before he went into surgery after being shot by John Hinckley, Jr. he asked the doctors if they were all Republicans. The end of the book offers some peeks into the life of the Presidents after they leave office. I didn't know that President George H.W. Bush has since jumped out of a plane at the ages of 80, 85, and 90. Herbert Hoover and JFK both donated their salaries while in office to charity. As you can imagine there is much to learn and laugh about in this book. There are some really great historical moments as well as personal ones that will engage the children and their parents. This would make a great gift for a teacher to have for her classroom.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    I've always been fascinated with history, and trivia; but I never knew too much about the Presidents. Now I've learned so much in a fun way! Here's some of the facts I learned about our US presidents. A. The ghosts of Abigail Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln, have been seen to be roaming the hallowed hallways of the White House. B. John Quincy Adams installed the first pool table, so that he could rack up billiard balls, whenever he wanted. C. The Sultan of Oman gave Martin van Buren two ti I've always been fascinated with history, and trivia; but I never knew too much about the Presidents. Now I've learned so much in a fun way! Here's some of the facts I learned about our US presidents. A. The ghosts of Abigail Adams, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln, have been seen to be roaming the hallowed hallways of the White House. B. John Quincy Adams installed the first pool table, so that he could rack up billiard balls, whenever he wanted. C. The Sultan of Oman gave Martin van Buren two tiger cubs. He kept them in the White House for a while; eventually, at the urging of Congress, he took them to a zoo. D. We have President Martin Van Buren, to thank for popularizing the term "OK". Van Buren's supporters would rally crowds with rousing choruses of "O.K.". The letters stood for Van Buren's nickname, Old Kinderhook. But they also referred to the expression "all correct." The term took off, and became part of our American colloquialisms. E. Franklin Pierce was gifted two teacup dogs from Japan. They were so small they could fit on a teacup saucer. F. Abraham Lincoln allowed his cat to eat at the White House dinner table. G. James Garfield could write ancient Greek with his left hand, and Latin with his right hand--at the same time! H. Lyndon Baines Johnson gave everyone in the family the same initials. He even gave the dog, the initials. Little Beagle Johnson. I. As President, George Bush love to sport some flashy socks, including American flag socks, Superman socks, and even a pair with his own face on them! J. William Clinton loved McDonalds. He'd jog there, eat, and then jog home. There are so many more interesting facts to learn about the Presidents in this book. As the expression goes, "Truth is indeed Stranger Than Fiction."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    Whether or not you have a favorite President you will be stunned by the weird facts surrounding some of our most interesting Commanders-In-Chief. James Abram Garfield thought all men were created equal. As a result, he hid run-away slaves and gave folks like Frederick Douglass opportunities in government. James Earl Carter, Jr. could speed read at a rate of 2,000 words a minute. George Herbert Walker Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One, and Andrew Johnson taught himself to read while listenin Whether or not you have a favorite President you will be stunned by the weird facts surrounding some of our most interesting Commanders-In-Chief. James Abram Garfield thought all men were created equal. As a result, he hid run-away slaves and gave folks like Frederick Douglass opportunities in government. James Earl Carter, Jr. could speed read at a rate of 2,000 words a minute. George Herbert Walker Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One, and Andrew Johnson taught himself to read while listening to customers at a tailor shop where he sewed clothes for 12 hours per day. President Obama read all seven Harry Potter Books with his daughters and loves to collect Spider-Man comics. Basically, most Presidents were just real people with a few quirks. Parents, teachers and kids will love this fact filled history of our Presidents. Photos, and colorful illustrations teach readers about life during the term of each of the featured Presidents. Readers will be surprised to see fun facts about Obama and even Trump, our most recent elected Presidents. Special categories include Smart Stuff, Why He’s Weird, and Oval Awful, provide funny and interesting quick facts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenee Antoniu

    This book was great! I read 4 books about presidents simultaneously, including this one. This one easily balanced being informative with being interesting. I think I might buy this book for my classroom. While it is readable for late elementary-age children, it contained real information about the good and bad about the presidents, as well as the weird and entertaining. Each section begins with a caricature of the president, which fits with the whimsy and fun structure of the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Reid

    This is such a fun book. I love it and so do my kids! Sometimes history books can be boring, but this one is a great page-turner and helps bring history alive. Full review for National Geographic Kids can be found here: https://agoodreid.blogspot.com/2017/0... This is such a fun book. I love it and so do my kids! Sometimes history books can be boring, but this one is a great page-turner and helps bring history alive. Full review for National Geographic Kids can be found here: https://agoodreid.blogspot.com/2017/0...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jo

    Mostly good information but a bit too much liberal personal opinion comes through. When teaching my kids about politics, I want straight facts, not the writer's personal tone underneath everything. For being National Geographic, I was disappointed. Mostly good information but a bit too much liberal personal opinion comes through. When teaching my kids about politics, I want straight facts, not the writer's personal tone underneath everything. For being National Geographic, I was disappointed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Two BookWorms Blog

    Do you want to put a new – and definitely not boring – spin on Presidential biographies? This is just the book to get. For the full review: https://twobookwormsblog.wordpress.co... Do you want to put a new – and definitely not boring – spin on Presidential biographies? This is just the book to get. For the full review: https://twobookwormsblog.wordpress.co...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Learning fun facts about presidents what more could you ask for. The president who installed the light switches never even touched them because he was afraid of electricity. The book was awesome and I absolutely loved it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill Leininger

    National Geographic Kids magazines are always the best to read when you want to learn something. The pictures of the presidents were cool and interesting to read about even as an adult. You never know what you can learn!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Loved the little tidbids of information on all the presidents. I was rather expecting there to be more weird facts (thus, the title), but it was more just brief information about the highlights of each presidency.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    My students enjoy these Weird but True books by National Geographic Kids. Kids love weird things, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying it as well. Not only does the book highlight each president but gives a description of the job and interesting tidbits about various presidents as well as major events that impacted those presidencies. I especially appreciated the fact that presidential strengths and weaknesses are covered. Important events and decisions both good and bad and mentioned showing My students enjoy these Weird but True books by National Geographic Kids. Kids love weird things, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying it as well. Not only does the book highlight each president but gives a description of the job and interesting tidbits about various presidents as well as major events that impacted those presidencies. I especially appreciated the fact that presidential strengths and weaknesses are covered. Important events and decisions both good and bad and mentioned showing that every president had his issues. Reading this book reminded me that our country has been through hard times and bad leaders in the past and will likely continue to survive despite current challenges. A fun book for both reading and browsing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    G P Devine

    Great kids book, (4th-8th grade level), with some new facts.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Choi

    Good

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaden John

    great

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    So facts I knew , some were very interesting.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Janna Huyler collins

    This book is for kids but really enjoyed all the interesting presidential facts.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carol Chapman

    A quick summary of the best and worst for each U.S. President with fun trivia to keep it entertaining.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janet

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ni Sui

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hufflepuff and Proud

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mlee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Calabrese

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Keshavarz

  27. 4 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    SM

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily Myhren

  29. 4 out of 5

    Libby

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison Cusher

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