THE LAST COW ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN by Barbara Seuling

THE LAST COW ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Snippets that Jean Fritz might save to spruce up her biographies are offered here unprocessed, for the edification of trivia buffs and the convenience of classroom show-offs. Though she tells the least about the latest presidents, Seuling apprises readers of George Washington's early bedtime and Martha's poor spelling, Thomas Jefferson's wine bill, Mary Todd Lincoln's clothing debts, and the fact that Warren G. Harding employed a valet for his Airedale. Non-famous firsts are also noted (George Washington hosted the first Presidential barbecue), as are unique accomplishments (James Garfield could write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other, at the same time; as governor of Tennessee. Andrew Johnson, a former tailor, made a suit for the governor of Kentucky) and many favorite dishes--this last a downhill slide from Washington's Smithfield ham with oyster sauce to the Eisenhowers' TV dinners. Backstairs bits, from the author of The Last Legal Spitball and The Loudest Screen Kiss.

Pub Date: June 16th, 1978
Publisher: Doubleday