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Mr. President Goes to School by Rick Walton and Illustrated by Brad Sneed

Published by Peachtree Publishers

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary: When the president of the United States has a frustrating day, he decides to go back to the place where he learned the most important lessons of all.

Everyone has bad days. Even the president.

So when his day starts off badly, Mr. President decides he is in need of a time-out from running the country. Disguising himself, he sneaks out of the White House, hurries down the street to the local school, and enrolls in Mrs. Appletree’s class.

There Mr. President slides his fingers through globs of finger paint. He spins himself silly on the merry-go-round at recess. He practices saying “please,” raising his hand, and taking turns. And he doesn’t miss a single beat when everyone does the hokey-pokey.

But when he returns to the White House, he is greeted by a panicked secretary of state and two angry world leaders on the brink of war. Fortunately, Mr. President recalls what he learned in Mrs. Appletree’s class, and he comes up with just the right approach to avoid an international crisis.

The Turkeybird Speaks: “Yes Mr. President! Did you know that the United States, the country I live in, has a president? Yep! And he has to take care of things all the time. I’m fine with letting my mom take care of those things right now. I don’t know why someone would want to take care of a whole country, but after reading this book it sounds like everyone could use a few more cookies! I know they make me feel better!

“This really is such a fun book to read! I especially like the finger painting and I’m hoping to get to do some pretty soon. Also, the milk and cookies was a great part. And the hokey pokey was so funny! I think it would be great to see a bunch of adults doing the hokey pokey, I mean, not just my mom but a whole room full of parents. That would be really funny! A great book all about the President and how we can all be better friends, make sure you read it very very soon!”

Mom’s Two Cents: “What’s a President to do? You’re having a bad day, no one seems to want to work together and you’re the one who’s supposed to fix everything. When you happen to be this President you head back to school! A place where you know you’re welcome and can be yourself; enjoy some finger painting, time at the playground, some cookies and even a good book. Oh, and don’t forget a hilarious round of hokey pokey with the entire class. Problems don’t go away though and eventually Mr. President must return to sort things out the best way he knows how.

“In Mr. President Goes to School the President decides to take a break by returning to the basics. It’s something a lot of us could learn something from. When we take a step back to realize we’re all friends who may have just had a bad day we might be able to accomplish a lot more. This was an absolutely delightful read. To be completely honest I was a bit thrown off by the cover image that made the President look a little bit like a goof, but that’s truly not how the book portrays him. The story is wonderful! From the first to the last page I enjoyed every bit of it, including the beautiful illustrations!

“Overall I’d definitely recommend this one of a kind book by Rick Walton and Brad Sneed. It’s not just about a President and his day to day tasks, but about each of us and how we work with those around us. Little ones will be able to gain a lot from Mr. President Goes to School; they’ll learn that sometimes all you need is to step back from a situation and take a few deep breathes or possibly do the hokey pokey and things can be better. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed having it in our home and I’m delighted to say I’d gladly recommend it to anyone looking for a new fantastic picture book!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 3-9. Perfect for President enthusiasts and teaching the importance of not taking yourself too seriously. A wonderful book for little ones especially!

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One Response to Book Review: Mr. President Goes to School by Rick Walton

  1. Gina says:

    Ah ha! A Peachtree book! I knew it…they always have something unique and fun to read. Looks like this one fits the bill on both accounts. So glad both you and the Turkeybird enjoyed it. ^_^

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