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This Little President: A Presidential Primer, by Joan Holub | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | November 8, 2016

This Little President- A Presidential PrimerThis Little President: A Presidential Primer

Written by Joan Holub

Illustrated by Daniel Roode

Age Range: 3-5

Boardbook: 24 pages

Publisher: Little Simon

ISBN: 978-1-4814-5850-4

What to expect: Presidents, history, rhyme

This adorable board book will capture the hearts of children, as well as the presidential history-buff in your family!

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president, and the first ever to wear a beard? Or that Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first president in a wheelchair? With delightfully rhyming prose and fun illustrations, this little primer does a fantastic job of making history interesting even to the smallest readers. Parents might even learn something themselves along the way! The book covers ten of history’s most iconic presidents, including George Washington, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama, giving a little snapshot and fun fact for each. The book is made of sturdy board-book construction, and the spine is striped white and red to make it easily recognizable on the bookshelf (and in the book pile that inevitably starts in the corner of a child’s bedroom). The cover is adorable. Who knew presidents could look so happy and carefree?

This Little President Joan Holub

I really appreciated the colorful pictures that were lively and engaging. Some non-fiction books for children can read a bit slow, but the rhyming helped to keep interest, as well as the smart and adorable illustrations. This is a great book for a little one starting preschool, or as a gift for a child whose parents are big history buffs. What a way to introduce (bi-partisan) politics in a light-hearted and endearing manner! The book ends at Barack Obama, and asks the child if they will be the next President of the United States. Who knows, maybe a future president is reading this little board book right now!

Highly recommended.

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About the Author

Joan Holub is the author of the picture book, Little Red Writing (starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, & Publishers Weekly), and the New York Times bestselling picture book, Mighty Dads. She also co-authors the popular Goddess Girls series with 19 titles in print, and the Grimmtastic Girls, and Heroes in Training series.

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About the Illustrator

Daniel Roode is an illustrator and designer who draws inspiration from his French heritage, mid-century modern design, pop art, and nature. Daniel creates the bulk of his art digitally, an appropriate medium for his clean yet tactile aesthetic that has a distinct joie de vivre. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his amazing wife Laura and their two funny cats.

This Little President: A presidential Primer, by Joan Holub, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like This Little President: A presidential Primer by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , , , , , and .



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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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