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So You Want to Be President?

So You Want to Be President?

by Judith St. George Illustrated by David Small

All kinds of people have served as the President of the United States. That's a big job, and getting bigger. But why not? Presidents have come in just about every variety. They've been generals like George Washington and actors like Ronald Reagan; big like William Howard Taft and small like James Madison; handsome like Franklin Pierce and homely like Abraham Lincoln. They've been born in log cabins like Andrew Jackson and mansions like William Harrison.

From the embarrassment of skinny-dipping John Quincy Adams, to the escapades of Theodore Roosevelt's children, to the heroic recovery of John Kennedy's crew, Judith St. George shares the backroom facts, the spit-fire comments, and the comical anecdotes that have been part and parcel of America's White House.

Hilariously illustrated by Caldecott honor-winning artist David Small in the cherished tradition of political commentary, this rip-roaring celebration of forty-one Presidents shows us the foibles, the quirks, and — most of all — the humanity of those men who have risen to one of the most powerful positions in the world.

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 1 - 7
Guided Reading
Number of Pages
Biography and Autobiography, Comedy and Humor, Informational Text

About the Author and Illustrator

Judith St. George
David Small David Small won the 2001 Caldecott Medal for his illustration of "So You Want to Be President", written by by Judith St. George. Small works with watercolor, pen and ink, and pastel. His trademark attention to small details begs readers to pore over his work again and again.

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