In looking for a book about presidents to read to the kids for Presidents Day Weekend, I came across What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven at the library. This is a very cute book with crazy pictures! Each president is created with a variety of odd items, as you can see in the picture of Abe Lincoln on the cover. The items used for each president usually have some connection to him. For example, Lincoln's mouth is a gavel, which could relate to the fact that he was a lawyer, or to the fact that he made five appointments to the Supreme Court while he was president. The kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures of the different presidents.
The book covers about a third of the presidents. Piven chose to focus on more obscure stories about each president, many of which I had never heard before. For example, did you know that President Taft was very heavy and once got stuck in the bathtub in the White House? After that, he had an enormous bathtub made so he would fit comfortably. He also tells of President Washington helping to put out a fire and President Reagan loving coconut flavored jelly beans.
It's a fun, yet educational book, and I definitely recommend it if you're looking for a way to get your kids interested in presidents!
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