Did You Know …
John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator? Ulysses S. Grant received a ticket for riding his horse too fast down the streets of Washington, D.C.? Gerald R. Ford briefly worked as a fashion model?
You are invited on a totally unique journey through presidential history with Juliette Turner, the National Youth Director of Constituting America. Through fun cartoons, quotes, great graphics, and Juliette’s quirky sense of humor, you’ll discover tons of fun new facts about the presidents of the United States and the role of the executive branch. These aren’t just a bunch of old men in suits! Many of them were ordinary people like you who overcame trials in order to become America’s leader, and all of them entered the political arena with the goal of protecting the country they loved. Written for kids by a kid, Juliette’s passion and excitement breathes new life into American history and the role of one of the most powerful positions in the world.
|About the Contributor(s)||Juliette Turner
Eighteen-year-old Juliette Turner, author of Our Presidents Rock! (2014) and That’s Not Hay in My Hair (2016), is a college freshman and the National Youth Director of Constituting America. When she isn’t writing or on the speaking circuit, she can be found with her mother, actress Janine Turner, on their ranch caring for their four dogs, two cats, herd of longhorns, and four Angus cattle.
|Publish Date||Sep 30, 2014|
- Review by InkBlotsbyTRD.blogspot.com
Our Presidents Rock! covers all presidents (Washington through Obama). The book includes an overview for each president: their life, presidency, accomplishments, and views. There is also information about how each president has impacted our lives today and why we should learn about them. In addition, there are timelines, election results, and some fun facts for each president. I particularly enjoyed the "Presidential Height Chart" at the end of the book.
Our Presidents Rock! is a great book - and would be especially useful for homeschoolers. It is interesting and informative. The layout of the book is eye-catching, but it may lean a bit toward the "busy" side as far as the design is concerned.
In my opinion, Our Presidents Rock! is a step above other presidential history books because it has that element of fun (& relevance) that keeps you wanting to learn. My kids enjoy this book and I look forward to using it in our schooling.
FTC Declaration: The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy. This does not change the fact that I will give my honest opinion in my reviews. (Posted on 12/5/2014)
- Review by Dianna
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 11/21/2014)
- Review by Virginia
I enjoyed this book and can't wait to use it to teach my kids more about our Presidents.
***Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): As a member of the Z Blog Squad, I received the aforementioned product from Zondervan to facilitate this review.*** (Posted on 11/12/2014)
- Review by ichoosejoy
Our Presidents Rock! is for kids and is all about the U.S. Presidents. It’s a paperback book 316 pages long and jammed packed full of important and fun information about each of our American Presidents.
The book begins with an Introduction page which gives an inspiring explanation of how anyone can become President. Next it explains how to read the book (like I explain below), and a couple of pages explaining the role of President as given by the U.S. Constitution. (They also have a book called Our Constitution Rocks! that I’ll have to check out.)
Each president has several pages devoted to him. You’ll find the same subheadings for each one:
The Bottom Line — a couple of sentences about his presidency
What Were They Thinking? — Some of his views about major issues
Why Should I Care? — Why you should learn about and understand this particular president’s policies
Breakin’ it Down — His life prior to becoming president
Presidency — His most important events and accomplishments
What Has He Done for Me Lately? — What this president did that still affects or influences us today
Presidential Times — Some of the major events in America and the world during his presidency, written like a newspaper with articles
Quick Facts — Several different boxed fun tidbits such as Fast Stats (about the man), Liberty Language (definitions), Election Results!, Fun Facts!, Thoughts on the Constitution (things he said or thought about the Constitution), Congressional Corner (important legislation passed during his time in office), Platform Speech (important lines from speeches he made), and Presidential Personality (how he carried himself as president and in his personal life), a Timeline, and Pictures of the president and his wife.
The book ends with a comparison of Washington’s and Obama’s cabinets and a fun comparison of the Presidents’ heights!
I feel this in now a valuable resource in our home. I love how it’s easy to read and contains so much information. As we know, all history and political books have a bias, and I’m glad that Our Presidents Rock! leans to the conservative side. Here is a quote from the chapter on Calvin Coolidge “Had any other individual served as president during this time and not allowed the country to ‘run itself’ as Coolidge did, the United States likely would not have reached the level of accomplishment she did during this time.”
I’ll use this great resource book for my elementary through high school students.
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to write this honest review.) (Posted on 11/10/2014)
- Review by Jalynn
Did You Know John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator? Ulysses S. Grant received a ticket for riding his horse too fast down the streets of Washington, D.C.? Gerald R. Ford briefly worked as a fashion model? You are invited on a totally unique journey through presidential history with Juliette Turner, the National Youth Director of Constituting America. Through fun cartoons, quotes, great graphics, and Juliette s quirky sense of humor, you ll discover tons of fun new facts about the presidents of the United States and the role of the executive branch. These aren't just a bunch of old men in suits! Many of them were ordinary people like you who overcame trials in order to become America s leader, and all of them entered the political arena with the goal of protecting the country they loved. Written for kids by a kid, Juliette s passion and excitement breathes new life into American history and the role of one of the most powerful positions in the world.
About the Author:
Juliette Turner is an honor student, singer, dancer and the National Youth Director for Constituting America. When she isn’t writing or on the speaking circuit, she can be found with her mother, actress and radio talk show host, Janine Turner, on their Texas ranch caring for their herd of twenty-five longhorn cows, six dogs, pony, AB; and cats, Sparkle and Meow.
As a homeschool mom, it is extremely hard to find really good reference books for my children that will give them all the information they need to get their work done each day. This book is n excellent one that states all the facts about each president and then some. Juliette has done an outstanding job on the book! she takes all the boring facts or ones that children would consider boring and rounds it out with some additional fun facts about the president and his family. She begins with George Washington and ends with the current president Barack Obama. She even throws some things in a bout the first ladies as well.
For example, did you know that First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt were the tallest First Ladies in U. S. history standing in at 5'11" tall. Or that during Washington's first term, he visited each state because he believed that each state should get to know who was running the government. This book was fun and informative and gives you a brief timeline on each president as well as so much more. My children had lots of fun reading and looking through it to learn more about our government.
If you would like to learn more about this book, you can here.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the Z Blog Squad. (Posted on 10/30/2014)