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"Imagine being on a White House tour and suddenly finding yourself surrounded by the ghosts of past presidents...." Sara and her class are listening to a tour guide droning on in the East Room, when George Washington leans out of his painting and plucks Sara into the ghost world. There, George gives her a personal tour, introducing her to thirty-five other ghost "Imagine being on a White House tour and suddenly finding yourself surrounded by the ghosts of past presidents...." Sara and her class are listening to a tour guide droning on in the East Room, when George Washington leans out of his painting and plucks Sara into the ghost world. There, George gives her a personal tour, introducing her to thirty-five other ghost presidents, who tell her what it was like to live in the White House and face the problems of their times. In the State Dining Room, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson discuss the expedition of Lewis and Clark. In the Diplomatic Reception Room, Franklin Roosevelt speaks of the wonders of radio. And in the Oval Office, John F. Kennedy reminisces about his first day as president. Together the ghosts create a thought-provoking portrait of the challenges of being the nation's leader. With short biographies of all forty-two presidents, a timeline, lots of fascinating trivia, and conversations between presidential ghosts who never met in life, "Ghosts of the White House" is an informative and entertaining look at U.S. history. This is a tour that Sara -- and the readers who join her -- will never forget!


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"Imagine being on a White House tour and suddenly finding yourself surrounded by the ghosts of past presidents...." Sara and her class are listening to a tour guide droning on in the East Room, when George Washington leans out of his painting and plucks Sara into the ghost world. There, George gives her a personal tour, introducing her to thirty-five other ghost "Imagine being on a White House tour and suddenly finding yourself surrounded by the ghosts of past presidents...." Sara and her class are listening to a tour guide droning on in the East Room, when George Washington leans out of his painting and plucks Sara into the ghost world. There, George gives her a personal tour, introducing her to thirty-five other ghost presidents, who tell her what it was like to live in the White House and face the problems of their times. In the State Dining Room, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson discuss the expedition of Lewis and Clark. In the Diplomatic Reception Room, Franklin Roosevelt speaks of the wonders of radio. And in the Oval Office, John F. Kennedy reminisces about his first day as president. Together the ghosts create a thought-provoking portrait of the challenges of being the nation's leader. With short biographies of all forty-two presidents, a timeline, lots of fascinating trivia, and conversations between presidential ghosts who never met in life, "Ghosts of the White House" is an informative and entertaining look at U.S. history. This is a tour that Sara -- and the readers who join her -- will never forget!

30 review for Ghosts of the White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    Imagine being on a White House tour and suddenly finding yourself surrounded by the ghosts of past presidents.... Sara and her class are listening to a tour guide droning on in the East Room, when George Washington leans out of his painting and plucks Sara into the ghost world. There, George gives her a personal tour, introducing her to thirty-five other ghost presidents, who tell her what it was like to live in the White House and face the problems of their times. In the State Dining Room, Imagine being on a White House tour and suddenly finding yourself surrounded by the ghosts of past presidents.... Sara and her class are listening to a tour guide droning on in the East Room, when George Washington leans out of his painting and plucks Sara into the ghost world. There, George gives her a personal tour, introducing her to thirty-five other ghost presidents, who tell her what it was like to live in the White House and face the problems of their times. In the State Dining Room, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson discuss the expedition of Lewis and Clark. In the Diplomatic Reception Room, Franklin Roosevelt speaks of the wonders of radio. And in the Oval Office, John F. Kennedy reminisces about his first day as president. Together the ghosts create a thought-provoking portrait of the challenges of being the nation's leader. With short biographies of all forty-two presidents (President Washington - President Clinton), a timeline, lots of fascinating trivia, and conversations between presidential ghosts who never met in life, Ghosts of the White House is an informative and entertaining look at U.S. history. This is a tour that Sara, and the readers who join her, will never forget! Subjects White House (Washington, D.C.) -- Miscellanea -- Juvenile literature. White House (Washington, D.C.) -- Miscellanea. Presidents -- United States -- Miscellanea -- Juvenile literature. Presidents -- Miscellanea. Presidents -- United States -- Miscellanea -- Juvenile literature. United States -- History -- Miscellanea -- Juvenile literature. United States -- History -- Miscellanea

  2. 5 out of 5

    Evan Ponstingle

    Very misleading title. At first, I thought it would be like the book "Who's Haunting the White House" about the many ghosts that inhabit the house. Nope. It was about almost every president and about their life story. So if you are looking for a book about REAL ghosts of the White House don't get this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paula Greenfield

    It's interesting to find out who is still at the white house.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen Ash

    Sara is on a field trip to the White House in Washington D.C. when she stops before a picture of George Washington and he steps out of the picture to talk with her! (add an “eek!” or emphasis for prop). He introduces her to Mr. Adams, the first president to live in the house in 1800. Mr. Adams and his wife had a son who was born in the White House, and later their son, John Quincy, became the 6th president of the United States and lived in the White House, too. Sara knows a little about the Sara is on a field trip to the White House in Washington D.C. when she stops before a picture of George Washington and he steps out of the picture to talk with her! (add an “eek!” or emphasis for prop). He introduces her to Mr. Adams, the first president to live in the house in 1800. Mr. Adams and his wife had a son who was born in the White House, and later their son, John Quincy, became the 6th president of the United States and lived in the White House, too. Sara knows a little about the presidents. Before her class could go on the field trip, they had to do research. They looked up facts about the white house, like how they started building it in 1792, and how it burned in 1814, and how it got too old in 1949 and had to be rebuilt. It took a lot of rebuilding, too, because it’s huge! It has 132 rooms, and is three floors high (there are two basements below, too). Sara’s research never prepared her for the ghosts, though. In the Yellow Oval Room, Sara meets Harry Truman and asks if there are any secret hiding places or tunnels in the White House. Harry just wants to complain about metal detectors and x-ray machines, and how horrible it is that anyone might want to sneak a bomb into the White House these days. The tour has just begun, and her classmates are all listening to the tour guide, while Sara listens to George Washington and Harry Truman! Who else will Sara meet as she tours the White House? Will any of these people tell her secrets? Find out in Ghosts of the White House by Cheryl Harness.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    In honor of Presidents' Day, I borrowed several books about American presidents from our local library. I got a variety of books and tried to find stories that would interest our girls as much as educate them. This is an interesting book that features the ghosts of past American presidents who tell a little girl their stories as she tours the White House with her class. The book is a bit dated and could benefit from a new edition, but the stories are interesting. The illustrations are nicely In honor of Presidents' Day, I borrowed several books about American presidents from our local library. I got a variety of books and tried to find stories that would interest our girls as much as educate them. This is an interesting book that features the ghosts of past American presidents who tell a little girl their stories as she tours the White House with her class. The book is a bit dated and could benefit from a new edition, but the stories are interesting. The illustrations are nicely detailed and we loved looking at the different rooms in the White House, especially ones we didn't see when we took the standard tour. The combination of short biographical sketches and a narrative that is composed entirely of dialogue is a bit cumbersome to read aloud, and our youngest was easily bored by the quantity of information presented. But we read just a little bit at a time and we talked about the different presidents that we'd read other stories about recently.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Misleading title - not about ghosts at all. It's trying to take a look at the history of the White House & the presidency but it didn't do a good job. Everything was just a blurb. I get that the presidency & the White House are intertwined but that's A LOT of information, especially for a picture book. Also, the pictures were lame. I've seen better pictures in other books. If you're looking for good history books for kids, go to the Who Is/What Is series. It gives better information, is Misleading title - not about ghosts at all. It's trying to take a look at the history of the White House & the presidency but it didn't do a good job. Everything was just a blurb. I get that the presidency & the White House are intertwined but that's A LOT of information, especially for a picture book. Also, the pictures were lame. I've seen better pictures in other books. If you're looking for good history books for kids, go to the Who Is/What Is series. It gives better information, is fun, & has better art.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This collection of biographies that contains information about the White House and the presidents is written as a story and is engaging to elementary aged students with good visuals. This book would be great if used with an informational writing unit. The third graders are currently researching presidents for this unit and this book would be another good resource.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nanci

    Fun informative little book on various occurrences during the times in office of various presidents of the United States. The special rooms of the white house providing back drop for the discussion between the ghosts of the presidents.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Great review of the history of United States presidents presented in an interesting way that can be used in the classroom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Busy text but lots of info on presidents.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Allerton

    A terrific way to get to know the presidents and the white house.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    Great way to introduce the White House and presidents. Alissa had a lot of questions about which rooms are public and private. She says Clinton is her favorite because he's the president now.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monika

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barkshire Woods

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Eaton

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aqua

  23. 4 out of 5

    Moop

    Great book with facts about the different presidents. Cute for third graders!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Corey Weiss

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debra

  26. 5 out of 5

    Geordie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madison Stockbridge

    This historical fiction book is about a girl who is really into the white house, so when she finds out that she is going a field trip to the white house she is super pumped. Once she gets there she realizes that the tour is very boring and she wanted to know more details of the white house and then George Washington a ghost shows up and gives her the grand tour of the white house. She meets other presidents too and they each tell a little historical something about the white house. I think this This historical fiction book is about a girl who is really into the white house, so when she finds out that she is going a field trip to the white house she is super pumped. Once she gets there she realizes that the tour is very boring and she wanted to know more details of the white house and then George Washington a ghost shows up and gives her the grand tour of the white house. She meets other presidents too and they each tell a little historical something about the white house. I think this book would be great for 1-6th because of its historical accuracy. I think this book has great pictures and my favorite part is that the book is like a conversation between the girl and the ghost. And how the book has historical facts all around the border of the book about the white house.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wrigley

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