An election year is prime time to teach children about the vital job of the President of the United States. One easy, entertaining—and thorough—way is with a new book by the author/illustrator team of Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes.
Woodrow, the White House Mouse, from Little Patriot Press, is a rhyming tail, er, tale of Woodrow G. Washingtail, who was elected as president of the United Mice of America. It's no cheesy story of rodents roaming the presidential abode, though. Woodrow, the White House Mouse is an intriguing, fact-filled look at the ins and outs of what the real president, the President of the United States (and who, unlike Woodrow, has no affiliation with the Bull Mouse Party) does at work and at play.
Through rhyming text and intricate illustrations, kids (and their parents and grandparents!) learn of the duties of the busy president—mouse and otherwise. Everything from the primary job of working with Congress, the Senate and House to being "Chief Executive" in charge of all government departments from Agriculture on through Veterans Affairs. Not to be forgotten is the role as "Commander in Chief" to all the military plus the "Head of State" duties.
Of course, the president does some fun things, too, including the Easter Egg Roll at the White House each Easter.
Speaking of the White House, much of the book is devoted to showing what goes on in some of the most popular and important rooms of the revered residence. From the East Room to the Red, Blue, Green Rooms, on up through the Oval Office, details on the traditional happenings of each are revealed in rich—and accurate—detailed illustrations.
What I love about the book: With so many facts on the president and his home shared in easy to remember rhyme, I can imagine many a future Jeopardy contestant gleaning presidential trivia from the pages. Especially interesting for adults reading along with a child—as well as for the child as he or she grows—is the attention illustrator Cheryl Barnes has paid to recreating the actual furnishings and decor of the White House as well as the dresses worn by Woodrow's first lady, Bess. The Tail End chapter at the back of the book provides additional information for parents and teachers, and the inclusion of a hidden Presidential Seal in the illustrations on each page of the story enthrall younger readers.
Woodrow, the White House Mouse by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes is an oversized hardcover with a suggested price of $16.99. The book is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.
Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book as part of the TLC Book Tours. Opinions are my own.