Monday, February 21, 2011

A presidential testament to technology through the years

What Does the President Look Like?With the rise of technology, we all know what the President looks like. Chances are you've seen him on television, in magazines, books, posters, etc... But if you were alive in 1789 when George Washington became president, you probably wouldn't have known what he looked like unless you saw him in person.

In What Does the President Look Like?, Jane Hampton Cook introduces young readers to the various ways people found out what the President looked like through the years. Young readers will be fascinated to learn that in the early years, paintings and drawings were the only ways most Americans had of knowing what the president looked like; in the years of Andrew Jackson, Americans relied on political cartoons; and it was Abraham Lincoln who ushered in the era of photography.

From stereographs to silent movies to TV debates to digital cameras, every era is covered with interesting facts compiled on each page. Adam Ziskie's cartoon-like illustrations make this a fun read and really prove how technology has changed what we see and how we see it.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (February 2011)
ISBN-10: 1935279637
ISBN-13: 978-1935279631
Source of review copy: Publisher

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  2. I haven’t seen this one, but I’m going to seek out a copy. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded how far we’ve come, and how much our ancestors accomplished with very little.