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“What Does the President Look Like?” by Jane Hampton Cook is Launched: How Time has Changed How We View Our Presidents

Kane/Miller publishers just launched a new book fittingly on President’s Day, called “What does the President Look Like?” by Jane Hampton Cook.  As a former White House webmaster under the George W. Bush administration, the author has penned several other books and she loves writing about American History. I myself can’t wait to get my hands on this new information, collector picture book for my son who is enthralled with history and our Presidents!

*I’m inserting this review just the next day as the fabulous author Jane Cook has allowed me to view her book!  The book is even more special than what I could have imagined for children.  The content is so interesting, as it follows chronologically the evolution of the use of imaging to present U.S. Presidents to their People through oil paintings to the use of printing, to silent and sound movies, and finally to digital cameras and President Obama being the first President to have a smart phone in office. The way the information is presented has such a historical feel, with each page having text presented on little hand-drawn pieces of paper. She even includes a box on historical facts on each page, which my 11-year-old son said was his favorite part because he loves facts, especially surrounding Presidents. My daughter loved the illustrations, drawn by Adam Ziskie. They were original, creative and fresh with all the people having extra long legs which created depth and humor to the story. The colors were muted to give the book a faded and historical feel. My kids and I totally enjoyed this book tonight together. It is the PERFECT book for teachers to add a new kind of spin to teaching about the Presidents through history, adding along the sociological element of how technological advancements have and are affecting politics and culture.  A great addition also to a home library to supplement your child’s learning. My kids give in a two-thumbs up each, and so do I!

I do represent Kane/Miller books as an independent educational consultant, but that is just because I LOVE the books they are publishing and the authors they represent. I am very happy to introduce this new book to you! What a great new find for your history buff. Read more about the book below:

Product description:
What would you do if the President of the United States visited your town? Grab your digital camera, of course ! You’ve seen the president’s picture on TV at least a million times. But wait. Before YouTube, television, and cameras, how did people know what the president looked like? From paintings to political cartoons, newsreels and simple photography, you will discover how the American people came to know what the president looked like and how technology changed what we see and how we see it.

CBN did a news story on the book, check it out here: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2011/February/Author-Explores-Medias-Role-in-Presidential-History/

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (February 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935279637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935279631
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Order today at my Usborne Books and More online bookstore: www.ubah.com/z2837 and when you get there put the title in the search to pop it up and purchase!! Or you can message me (hookofabook@hotmail.com) where paypal is accepted! I also sell to libraries and school, please inquire.

    About the Jane Hampton Cook, the author:

    Jane Hampton Cook makes history memorable and relevant to today’s news, current events, and modern-day life. A public speaker and frequent media guest, Jane is the author of six books, including her newest for kids What Does the President Look Like? (Feb. 2011).

    She served former President George W. Bush as a webmaster for five years, including two in the White House and three in the Texas governor’s office. She loves writing about American history.  Benjamin Franklin once quipped “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading or do the things worth writing.”

    Jane hopes each new book is increasingly worth the reading, each speech worth the hearing, and each TV segment worth remembering. A member of the National Press Club in DC, she lives with her husband and two young sons in Vienna, Virginia. For more information on Jane or her books, please visit www.janecook.com.

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    I Lost my Mobile at the Mall!! A New Book for Tweens and Teens

    I Lost My Mobile at the Mall, by Wendy Harmer is a new book that is certainly fitting for tweens and teens in this digital age! I suppose we all could even learn a lesson from reading this book. Sometimes, de-plugging, or forcing to have to do so, can really make us see how much stress our devices put us through right? We feel we can’t live without them!?!

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I am sharing with you as it is a brand new book from Kane/Miller publishers and available through my online bookstore at www.ubah.com/z2837 (just got to the bottom under new titles or type the book title in the search).  Educational Development Corporation, the owner of Kane/Miller publishers, offers a summary of the book: “Elly Pickering is dreading telling her parents that’s she’s lost her mobile phone – again – what with the Global Financial crisis and everything. But losing her mobile is just the beginning. A series of technological happenings and manipulations leads Elly to question her priorities, her friendships, and Will, her fabulous – she thought – boyfriend. Is she facing certain social death? Or can a technological breakdown sometimes be kind of a good thing?”

    You can also view an exerpt of the book here:  ILostMyMobileattheMall

    If you order this book for someone in your family, and they read it, please send me a review!  Leave your cell phone at the Mall, pick up this book, and happy quiet reading!! 🙂

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    One of the most gripping young adult thriller series in 2009

    It’s not too late to take the ride on this super thriller about an australian teenager named Cal, who on New Year’s Eve is told he has 365 days only to try and survive. Thinking his father died of a mysterious illness, he is warned by a stranger that his father may have been murdered and now he is next.  This sends him running like a fugitive and begins a fast-paced, page-turning first book entitled Conspiracy 365: January.  It is a short read for adults, but more on the level of 10 to 18 year olds (depending on reading level, my 5th grade son read it quick but he has an adult reading level).  This said, it is still much fun for everyone!  There are 12 books in the series, starting with January and each one is named for each subsequent month.  Cal is on the run in each book, with each ending in a cliffhanger!  You can also check out Cal’s blog called www.teenfugitive.com to get even more involved in the story!

    The author of the Conspiracy 365 Series is the award-winning Australian writer Gabrielle Lord (www.gabriellelord.com), who prior to this young adult series wrote adult crime thrillers (14 in fact!).  Now that all 12 books in the series are complete, she has plans for several more adult and young adult books.

    Kane//Miller is the publisher (owned now by Educational Development Corporation) and specializes in bringing foreign titles to the United States. They have a dedicated website for Conspiracy 365 at www.conspiracy365US.com which has more information about the book, author, social networking links, and activities to accompany each book. I definately recommend that you check it out!

    If you are interested in ordering the first book of the series, or the entire series (which can be purchased in one lump sum), they are nice hardback books at $10.99 each or there is a series price.  This series is only available from Usborne Books and More independent consultants (it previously was to be sold to bookstores and through Scholastic also).

    My son thought these books were exciting to read each month (he’s 10) and he liked to read the book all in one sitting.  He didn’t like to wait for the next one! I would recommend these for children who are avid readers and like a quick thrilling title, but also reluctant readers who need a book that really motivates them to keep reading.

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