The House That George Built
Suzanne Slade & Rebecca Bond
Charlesbridge, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
his picture book for children six years of age and older takes the reader through the process of how George Washington constructed the White House. From the design contest that Washington held to determine what the structure would look like through selecting a site for the house, breaking ground and constructing the iconic building, this informative book covers the story.
ames Hoban's design took first place and once the foundation was hand dug, two kilns were constructed to make the red bricks that would form the building's walls. To cut the escalating cost, the original idea of a lead roof was changed to slate tiles which, unfortunately, leaked.
ashington's term in office ended before the White House was finished. Unfortunately, the nation's first president also didn't live long enough to see John Adams and his wife, Abigail, take up residency in the President's House.
esides this rudimentary history of the White House you'll also find a one page summary of some of the major changes that have occurred over the years to the building. The White House currently has 132 rooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators and eight staircases.
his is an ideal introduction to one of the nation's most famous residences and after reading it your youngster hopefully will want to know more and turn to more detailed books on the subject.
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