WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT LOOK LIKE? by Jane Hampton Cook

WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT LOOK LIKE?

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Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

Highlighting different presidents and moving chronologically from Washington to Obama, Cook explains how old techniques and new technologies have allowed people to view the president. Washington had his portrait painted, and Lincoln was the first to be photographed, but political cartoons, stereographs, newsreels and now YouTube have all brought the highest United States political official visually to the people. Conversational text describes each innovation and how it affected different presidents and even history. Information is broken up into three boxes, one spotlighting the president and technique used to display his image, one to further explain the technique and one for “Surprising Facts.” The format, however, is clumsy and sometimes confusing. Content assumes some knowledge of the presidents and history. Muted illustrations show three children moving along in time, wearing period clothing and engaging in historical events. The line drawings are fluid and curvy, giving people long-legged strides and a retro ’70s look. Presidents’ images are not always shown or depicted clearly, and some examples of the innovations described, such as cartoons and campaign posters, are noticeably missing. Thumbnail illustrations of all of the presidential portraits do not depict a clear likeness. Backmatter includes list of online resources and websites for select presidential libraries and museums. An interesting concept that misses the mark in execution. (Informational picture book. 7-10)
Pub Date: Feb. 21st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935279-63-1
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Kane/Miller
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2011




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