The White House
It was 1814. Fifty British soldiers surrounded the large white house, holding poles with flaming rags at the end. All at once, they hurled the blazing poles into the house’s windows. Within seconds, the majestic home was in flames. The fire destroyed almost everything inside. If not for a powerful thunderstorm later that day, the White House might have burned to the ground.
The White House traces the incredible story of one of the most important and iconic buildings in the United States. The book describes how the massive residence was built and how different presidents have left their personal marks on the structure. Large color photos, maps, and fact boxes enrich the captivating story, which is sure to engage even the most reluctant readers.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 7|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Series||American Places: From Vision to Reality|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||8 x 10|
|ISBN||9781944102425, 9781944997151, 9781944997595|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Unlimited Access eBook, Savings Bundle|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.4|
|Guided Reading Level||P|
|Lexile Reading Level||940|
|AR Quiz Number||184460|
School Library Connection Review for American Places: From Vision to Reality
This series features accessible volumes about great American places. Struggling readers will not be overwhelmed with lengthy text, as there is approximately one paragraph on each page. The text is supplemented with images, drawings, and clear diagrams. For those who are mathematically inclined, each book also includes a two-page “By the Numbers” spread. Words found in the glossary appear in bold type the first time they are used in the text. Additional Resources. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Websites.
School Library Journal Review for American Places: From Vision to Reality
Using eye-catching graphics, this series illuminates the fascinating histories of a few iconic U.S. sites. For instance, readers discover that in its infancy, the Statue of Liberty was so little regarded by the U.S. government that Congress refused to pay for the statue’s pedestal, thereby inspiring a nationwide fund-raising campaign among school children. Many images depict the early stages of planning and building, giving a rare insider’s look at how these famous places came to be. This mix of history and architecture with just a dash of archaeology allows students to encounter each subject from a variety of angles (e.g., how did archaeologists contribute to the rebuilding of Colonial Williamsburg, what are the architectural similarities between James Hoban’s design for the White House and the Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland?). VERDICT: A multifaceted look at some of the top historical destination spots in the United States. Recommended.
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