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Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents    by Marilyn Singer & John Hendrix order for
Rutherford B., Who Was He?
by Marilyn Singer
Order:  USA  Can
Hyperion, 2013 (2013)
*   Reviewed by Bob Walch

The poems in this volume are rather uneven. While some are clever and work rather well, others (like the example below) miss the mark by a long shot.

'They liked Ike,
He was a closer.
They liked Ike,
He wasn't a poser.

While the verse here leaves much to be desired, the illustrations are really very, very good. I'd suggest you enjoy the pictures and focus on the poems that are passable like this one on Woodrow Wilson:

'The most peace-loving leaders give up their credos
when faced with attacks from German torpedoes.
So Wilson declared we must take up the gun
and side with the Allies in World War I.

At the back of the book you’ll discover short, informative paragraphs about each president and a quote attributed to the leader. Thomas Jefferson's words seem quite apropos: 'The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.'

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