Did you know…

  • There are 132 Rooms and 6 Levels in the White House Residence.
  • First Daughter Susan Ford held her school’s senior prom in the East Room of the White House in 1975.
  • President Andrew Jackson once hosted an elaborate children’s Christmas party, which ended with an indoor “snowball fight ” using cotton balls.

Three down, 997 facts to go. You’ll find them all in this fascinating hard cover. Arranged in 40 categories, the facts come at you fast in colorful layouts loaded with pictures. My favorites were 15 COOL FACTS ABOUT EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE WHITE HOUSE and 25 DELECTABLE FACTS ABOUT FOOD IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

In addition to the facts there is a key word glossary, a sequential listing of dates important to White House history, and a complete list of each our 44 presidents along with pertinent background information.

Perfect for the classroom, at home, or in the break room at your office. You’ll enjoy learning about one of the most iconic buildings in the world.

Here’s the official overview from National Geographic:

Welcome to the White House. Go behind the scenes to get a 360-degree view of America’s most famous presidential residence, from how it was built in 1792 to the fire of 1812, to today’s state dinners, celebrations, celebrity pets, and more. Discover through 1,000 fun-to-read facts what it’s like to live and work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the quirky rules of the house, and how the Secret Service keeps it safe.

Find out how the kids who have lived there play, watch movies, and entertain friends. With a treasure trove of material from the White House Historical Association, this book presents a fascinating story of the building and the many people who have shaped its 225-year history.


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  1. Kids will love this book. I’ve seen other books that focus on the president’s pets etc. This book is really includes so much more.
    Will post on Monday.

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