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Funny what kids pick up When I was a tot of four I had a little electronic game that came with its own book You d turn the pages and press the button that corresponded to the correct trivia question In this way I learned that Mozart wrote his first piece of music when he was five I figured I had some leeway because of this , that Marie Antoinette had her head cut off, and that President Taft got stuck in his bathtub because he was so fat That s the kind of presidential wisdom a kid s gonna carry with them the rest of their life It s also how I learned that teaching kids about famous people at a young age actually will stick with them into adulthood if the medium is interesting enough Poetry would not be my first method of instilling memories, but in The President s Stuck in the Bathtub Poems About the Presidents poet Susan Katz does a darn good job locating fun facts about even the dullest leaders They may not have been equal in stature but at least in this book each one has his say, whether it s escaping a vicious rabbit or seeing the occasional ghost.They ve been dull and scintillating Clever and thick Remarkably tall and surprisingly short And what s with all the parrots as pets With great dexterity and even greater patience Susan Katz culls, entices, and sometimes even forces interesting facts out of each and every one of our presidents That done, she turns those traits or events into poems, being sure to include fun additional facts at the bottom of each page The result is that kids get to meet Elevator Operator John F Kennedy, the Funny Looking James Buchanan, and even Vegetating George H.W Bush Accompanied by work by illustrator Robert Neubecker, the book is a ribald look at our nation s leaders Backmatter includes dates, quotes, nicknames, and firsts for each man.As it says on the bookflap, Susan Katz discovered while working on this book that not all American presidents were very funny people, and she found herself doing research for this one project than for all her other books put together I m not surprised to hear it since the sheer number of new facts here are astounding She even seems to have made a conscious effort to avoid the obvious ones George Washington s teeth, Lincoln s jokes, etc Of course, you can t help but wonder if Ms Katz made too much work for herself when she included a note on what each president was the first to do, and didn t go with the obvious answers George Washington First president pictured on a postage stamp Abraham Lincoln First president born outside the boundaries of the thirteen original states in Kentucky No mean feat.In one of the reviews I read the reviewer complained that Katz brings up facts about the presidents that aren t particularly interesting Millard Fill was boring, James Madison was short, John Adams rotund, etc Seems to me that isn t very fair consider how much fun their poems and the accompanying illustrations are in the end Besides, I consider Millard Fill the letter X of the presidential world You know how every time you get an alphabet book you flip to the letter X to figure out how the authors chose to handle that difficult letter Well the same goes for Fill Even William Henry Harrison s interesting as The Simpsons put it, I died in thirty days.The poetry itself mostly worked There are, however, a few times that it really rankled I m not a particularly creative person when it comes to scans and rhymes I like poems to make sense to me as they ABABAB or AABBCCD In this book you really have to go on a case by case basis with some of these poems Yankee Doodle Dandy about William McKinley, for example, threw me for a serious loop The rhyme scheme, such as it is, appears to be ABCCD EDFFG When I write it out like that it makes a lot sense On the page, however, I was stumped by how to read it aloud, particularly when the last word of dandy didn t seem to rhyme with anything Poems like these are rarities in a sea of verse that works I just wished that they all flowed as nicely as poems like The White House Gang about Teddy Roosevelt being a part of his son s rough and tumble crew or A Presidential Memo about Nixon.Robert Neubecker was an interesting fella to tap for this book I know he s done a lot of different books over the years but my primary association with him is still Wow City and its spin offs Neubecker s job here is hardly easy anyway First there s the issue of making the presidents recognizable done well enough, though caricaturist he will never hope to be Then there s the issue of throwing than one race into the images Whenever we talk about the presidents we have to wait an awfully long time before we can get to Barack Neubecker slips in different ethnicities when he reasonably can The fellow aghast at John Quincy Adams skinny dipping Folks in the angry mob of Whigs not so sure about that one circa 1841, but all right The trumpeter playing Hail to the Chief to Chester A Arthur You don t necessarily believe that they were there all the time and we could debate if it s historically misleading to say that they were , but at least Neubecker s making an effort That s something.As for the art itself, Neubecker has a good eye for what the most interesting thing to highlight in a given poem might be Often he has to get a little creative Grover Cleveland was the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms Have him shaking hands with himself President Eisenhower was only one of seven brothers all known as Ike Show a picture of seven identical boys, all different ages, all with the same face Sometimes the images don t make reference to the poems but to the small notes that come afterwards For example, the image that accompanies the Rutherford B Hayes poem The President s on the Phone shows Rutherford reacting to a high C described in the note as sung by one of his friends and that shattered the telephone s sounding board Hey, man Making this kind of stuff interesting about dudes who are seriously dull is no easy matter.The closest approximation this book has to any other in your average everyday children s room is that classic Caldecott winner So You Want to be President by Judith St George Like this book, that one identified various presidents and highlighted some quirks Katz eschews the known stories as well as the scandals and controversies that dogged many of the men in here In the process, she grants some of these fellows a posthumous present something to remember them by Not the big things, but the little ones The details and funny matters that made them human beings Because as far as I can tell, the best way to get a kid interested in something is to point out something weird about it After that, it may not be smooth sailing, but at least they ll have something to remember President Taft for besides the Judiciary Act of 1925, of course.For ages 6 10. The President s Stuck in the Bathtub Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz 2012 Genre PoetryFormat BookPlot summary A poetic celebration of lesser known presidential events and eccentricities.Considerations or precautions for readers advisory strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc No special considerationsReview citation if available Betty Carter The Horn Book Guide Fall 2012 v23 i2 p171 1 Section source used to find the material Horn Book guideRecommended age Grades K 3 EBOOK ♕ The Presidents Stuck in the Bathtub ⚖ Playful Political Poems About The Penchants And Peccadilloes Of The Presidents Sure, William Taft Got Stuck In His Tub, But Did You Know That John Quincy Adams Used To Skinny Dip In The Potomac Herbert Hoover Spoke Chinese With His Wife, And Gerald Ford Had His Name Changed From Leslie Lynch King It S True In The President S Stuck In The Bathtub, The Lives Of The Presidents Are Served Up As Fact Filled And Fanciful Poems That Will Make You Laugh, Cringe, And Gasp With Amazement At The Colorful Cast Of Men And Women Who Have Lived In The White House With Footnotes Relating The Facts Behind The Inspiration For Each Poem, And A Section Called Presidential Notes And Quotes In The Back, This Is One Hilarious History Lesson That Kids Will Elect To Read Over And Over Again I LOVED this book It is a poetic anthology of all of our presidents Susan Katz playfully provides tidbits of political and or personal information about all of the men of the White House I enjoy this book because it is an excellent way to expose students to the presidents in a light hearted manner As a social studies teacher, I feel that we focus so much on the formal accomplishments of presidents that we tend to forget that they were real people By jokingly bringing up the backgrounds and silly stories behind some of these men, we are reminded that although presidents are impressive people, they are still just people Robert Neubecker matches the playful poems with telling, whimsical and often hilarious artwork that will most certainly get you giggling This is a great book for ALL ages I think this would be a great book for President s Day for young men At the same time, I teach AP Government to seniors in high school I would happily use some of these poems while covering the executive branch. This book is super cute It s a fun look at each president that focuses on lesser known facts and humorous stories. Playfully illustrated entertaining poems about each president reveal amusing facts and each verse is accompanied by a brief informative note. 43 poems reveal interesting tidbits about every President Informative footnotes provide historical background for each poem A fun way to liven up American History. I enjoyed reading this children s book filled with Presidential factoids I even learned a few new things about the Presidents This was definitely a WOW book for me because I am fascinated with Presidential History When I think back on learning History in school, I had a hard time with it, not because it was not interesting, but because I was overwhelmed by the amount of facts that I needed to memorize for tests Disliking History and Social studies was a trend for me in school until my 9th grade History teacher presented information to me in a completely new way On the first day of class, she told us that, History is like a big story book of all that has happened over time When you try to study for tests, don t try to memorize facts alone Instead, treat each piece of history as a new part of a story, and replay that story in your mind Every good story needs characters and a plot I really enjoyed this book of poems because it turns history of 44 people into a story format Each page contains a poem about a President, the pages are in order of Presidential election, the illustrations are beautiful, and the language is accessible to upper elementary students The feature that sets this book apart from any other book about presidents is that the poems don t detail the Presidents lives Instead, it takes a fun fact or important accomplishment, and turns it into a poem with creative language Each poem also contains the dates that the President served in office and a summary at the end of the poem of the factual information that the poem was based on Overall, this book was very funny and informative, and I think my students one day would enjoy it as much as I did As I read through these poems, there were several ideas that came to my mind of how I could use it in my classroom one day This book would be an excellent resource for my classroom library to get kids interested in History, as well as poems The first way that I would use this poem is during an interdisciplinary unit on Poetry and History In History, we would be learning all about Presidents, but specifically about how events in the Presidents lives shaped how they made decisions in office During ELA, we would study poetry, biographies, and autobiographies about Presidents Reading this book would be a great choice to read to the class because the poems contain factual information, so they are essentially mini biography poems For the first few days of this unit, I would engage my class in reading these poems, as well as teach them about the main features of poems and biographies Once I feel that my students are comfortable with these features, I would tell them that they are going to create poems about their own lives, using one fun fact accomplishment like the President poems did After the completion of these projects, I would have each student share theirs with the class Another way that I could use this book is to teach about Poetry types One thing that I noticed while reading this book is that different rhyming schemes are present Also, the poems have different organizations and stanzas I would start the lesson my choosing two poems that are completely different types to display at the front of the room I would then ask the students to try to point out what they notice, and find differences between the two. Did you know that Bill Clinton once almost put an audience to sleep because his speech was so boring The President s Stuck in the Bathtub is a wonderfully humorous collection poems, each about one of the Presidents of the United States From these poems audiences learn a wide range of facts about American presidents There are a wide range of facts from the informative to the lighthearted This book would be a great addition to an upper elementary classroom read aloud Each poem could be read before learning about a new president or just as a great addition to a lesson on American history The collections of poems are a great avenue to engage students I believe that by incorporating this book into the classroom, can help to spark an interest in poetry for many students.I chose this as my WOW book because I liked how this book took a genre that many can see as boring and turn it into an entertaining and engaging read Personally I am not a fan of poetry It is not my first choice of genre However, once I started reading this poems I was turning the page eager for the next laugh that was to await me on the other pages.