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The history of the White House, first completed in 1799, reflects the history of America itself. It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him. Yet he is the only president who never got to live there. All the rest have made their mark--for better or worse--on the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Aven The history of the White House, first completed in 1799, reflects the history of America itself. It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him. Yet he is the only president who never got to live there. All the rest have made their mark--for better or worse--on the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Megan Stine explains how the White House came to be and offers young readers intriguing glimpses into the lives of the First Families--from John and Abigail Adams to Barack and Michelle Obama.


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The history of the White House, first completed in 1799, reflects the history of America itself. It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him. Yet he is the only president who never got to live there. All the rest have made their mark--for better or worse--on the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Aven The history of the White House, first completed in 1799, reflects the history of America itself. It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him. Yet he is the only president who never got to live there. All the rest have made their mark--for better or worse--on the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Megan Stine explains how the White House came to be and offers young readers intriguing glimpses into the lives of the First Families--from John and Abigail Adams to Barack and Michelle Obama.

30 review for Where Is the White House?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    So the current president was recently quoted calling this magnificent building "a dump." It is too bad that he can not appreciate it. Perhaps he needs to read the engraving in the mantel in the State Dining Room as quoted by John Adams: " I pray to Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof." So the current president was recently quoted calling this magnificent building "a dump." It is too bad that he can not appreciate it. Perhaps he needs to read the engraving in the mantel in the State Dining Room as quoted by John Adams: " I pray to Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tracy The Great

    I think it was a good book because it has a lot of good information about the white house and all of the president that lived in the white house and what they had for pets!

  3. 4 out of 5

    David

    Where Is the White House? by Megan Stine is from the "Where Is..." series and provides historical information about the building of the White House and Washington DC. George Washington was directly involved in the design and location selection for the United States capitol city. The selection criteria was to not be located in any one state or existing city as that may be taken as favoritism. So land was carved out from two states to create an independent Federal zone that would eventually includ Where Is the White House? by Megan Stine is from the "Where Is..." series and provides historical information about the building of the White House and Washington DC. George Washington was directly involved in the design and location selection for the United States capitol city. The selection criteria was to not be located in any one state or existing city as that may be taken as favoritism. So land was carved out from two states to create an independent Federal zone that would eventually include all major government offices and buildings including the White House. The author provides details of the need for such a location and the process for site selection and design work. Because of the timing to complete the building, George Washington is the only US President who did not live at the White House as it was finished after he left office. John Adams, the second president, was the first occupant. The author shares many of the well known as well as mostly unknown facts and stories about the White House.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yuuki Nakashima

    The facts and episodes related to the White House in this book might be well-known in the states, but at least for me, most of things were new and so interesting. There were a lot of intriguing trivia that I wanna tell people around me!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey Wilson

    Definitely one of the best books of this series that I’ve read! I loved the wide array of information that it gave.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paislee

    I loved this book because it taught me about all the rooms and even the great parties at the White House. Also, there are 6 floors. It also taught me a lot about the presidents

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Where is the White House? is a great book to learn about the history of the most famous house in the world. Her are ten facts I learned from reading this book. (1). George Washington is the only President who never lived in the White House. (2). Slaves that were "rented" from their owners built the White House. (3). When the White House was built it wasn't actually white! (4). When the White House was fourteen years old the British and the Americans went to war. British came and burnt the White Hous Where is the White House? is a great book to learn about the history of the most famous house in the world. Her are ten facts I learned from reading this book. (1). George Washington is the only President who never lived in the White House. (2). Slaves that were "rented" from their owners built the White House. (3). When the White House was built it wasn't actually white! (4). When the White House was fourteen years old the British and the Americans went to war. British came and burnt the White House. The whole building had to be rebuilt. (5). When Abraham Lincoln Lived with his wife and children in the White House his wife bought a mahogany bed. It is called Lincoln's bed even though he never slept in it. (6).The East Room is the largest room in the White House. (7). The White House has its own movie theater, swimming pool, and bowling alley. (8).Only one President ever was married in the White House Grover Cleveland. (9). Seventeen Weddings have been held in the White House. (10). Teddy Roosevelt used to have people fight him in the East hall. This is a very educational book about the history of the most famous House in America. -Jocelyn Kuntz

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    In 1970 congress decides to build a new capital city on the Potomac river. 2 years later George Washington marks the spot where he wants the white house. In 1800 John Adams is the first president to live in the white house. 14 years later British forces burn the white house down in war. Mary Lincoln spends 20,000 dollars redecorating the white house in 1861. 2 years later Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan 1st in the white house. 2 more years after that Lincoln is shot an In 1970 congress decides to build a new capital city on the Potomac river. 2 years later George Washington marks the spot where he wants the white house. In 1800 John Adams is the first president to live in the white house. 14 years later British forces burn the white house down in war. Mary Lincoln spends 20,000 dollars redecorating the white house in 1861. 2 years later Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan 1st in the white house. 2 more years after that Lincoln is shot and body is brought to the white house. In 1891 electricity is added to the white house while Benjamin Franklin is in House. In the same year Theodore Roosevelt makes the "White house" the Official name.1948 The white House is gutted and improved. A balcony is added, called the Truman Balcony I really liked this book. It gave a lot of info on the white house. It is one of my favorite books in the series. The things I liked about this book is that it gave a lot of info. I didn't have any dislikes on the book. I would recommend this book to a person who like history. '

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karthika Lakshmi

    Could have given more information and be less narrative about the geography of the rooms.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise Tan

    These who is, who was, where is, etc books, published by WhoHQ, are fabulous reads and are so informative in a gentle way.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    it have many introduction to the White House, the book is very good=))

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Smith

    Pretty interesting book! Has some fun facts I never knew! There is a nice map at the end that folds out which is fun to look at.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    THis was a great book

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kassie Renae

    I read this out-loud to my kids and learned a lot in the process! I was surprised by a lot of things in this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Reagan

    I really liked this book because it was teaching me about the White House.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Basham

    Enjoyed reading this short book about the White House aloud to the kids.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wade

    In 1792 George Washington hammered stakes into the ground to mark where the White House would be built, he died the year before it was completed and never got to live there. Both Maryland and Virginia gave up land to create a new capital city along the Potomac River that was to be named after the first president. The White House was designed by James Hoban after he won a design contest, many workers including slaves helped build it. John and Abigail Adams moved into the White House in 1800, they In 1792 George Washington hammered stakes into the ground to mark where the White House would be built, he died the year before it was completed and never got to live there. Both Maryland and Virginia gave up land to create a new capital city along the Potomac River that was to be named after the first president. The White House was designed by James Hoban after he won a design contest, many workers including slaves helped build it. John and Abigail Adams moved into the White House in 1800, they moved out only a few months later when Thomas Jefferson became president. In 1814 the British army captured the White House and set it on fire, the president and staff left so quickly that night that the British soldiers ate the dinner prepared for them before they destroyed the house. Over the years many changes were made to the White House. When it was first built there were no bathrooms, now there are 35. The first telephone was installed in 1879, the phone number at the time was “1”, electric lights were added in 1891. In 1948 Harry and Bess Truman moved out of the house for 3 years so it could be completely rebuilt, it now has 6 floors. Teddy Roosevelt held boxing matches in the East room, one time he was accidentally punched during a match there. The house has a movie theater and bowling ally, at one time there was an indoor pool where the Press Briefing Room now sits. It was fun to learn about the history and uses of each of the rooms, especially since we visited many of them during our White House tour last year. We learned about the Secret Service and also the 22 members that make up the president's cabinet. Lily and I were surprised to learn that “Woodrow Wilson let a flock of sheep graze there during World War I so the government wouldn't have to pay to mow the lawn.” p 43. Many pets have lived in the White House, mostly dogs, but when Teddy Roosevelt's family lived there they had snakes, a badger, macaw, parrot, cats, guinea pigs, rats, goats, and even a baby bear! “The White House belongs to the people of the United States, and it is a treasure. It's constantly changing, but at the same time, its history is preserved for generations to come.” p 103.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    In 1792 George Washington hammered stakes into the ground to mark where the White House would be built, he died the year before it was completed and never got to live there. Both Maryland and Virginia gave up land to create a new capital city along the Potomac River that was to be named after the first president. The White House was designed by James Hoban after he won a design contest, many workers including slaves helped build it. John and Abigail Adams moved into the White House in 1800, they In 1792 George Washington hammered stakes into the ground to mark where the White House would be built, he died the year before it was completed and never got to live there. Both Maryland and Virginia gave up land to create a new capital city along the Potomac River that was to be named after the first president. The White House was designed by James Hoban after he won a design contest, many workers including slaves helped build it. John and Abigail Adams moved into the White House in 1800, they moved out only a few months later when Thomas Jefferson became president. In 1814 the British army captured the White House and set it on fire, the president and staff left so quickly that night that the British soldiers ate the dinner prepared for them before they destroyed the house. Over the years many changes were made to the White House. When it was first built there were no bathrooms, now there are 35. The first telephone was installed in 1879, the phone number at the time was “1”, electric lights were added in 1891. In 1948 Harry and Bess Truman moved out of the house for 3 years so it could be completely rebuilt, it now has 6 floors. Teddy Roosevelt held boxing matches in the East room, one time he was accidentally punched during a match there. The house has a movie theater and bowling ally, at one time there was an indoor pool where the Press Briefing Room now sits. It was fun to learn about the history and uses of each of the rooms, especially since we visited many of them during our White House tour last year. We learned about the Secret Service and also the 22 members that make up the president's cabinet. My dad and I were surprised to learn that “Woodrow Wilson let a flock of sheep graze there during World War I so the government wouldn't have to pay to mow the lawn.” p 43. Many pets have lived in the White House, mostly dogs, but when Teddy Roosevelt's family lived there they had snakes, a badger, macaw, parrot, cats, guinea pigs, rats, goats, and even a baby bear! “The White House belongs to the people of the United States, and it is a treasure. It's constantly changing, but at the same time, its history is preserved for generations to come.” p 103.

  19. 4 out of 5

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    Where is the White House by Megan Stine provides an excellent description of the White House, how it was built, and the history of it! The story starts off by the author explaining the building plan of the house, and how George Washington originally wanted it to look. After, they start to explain minor renovations made to the White House, like how the North entrance is no longer used except for special occasions. After, the author explains the first people to do certain things in the White Hous Where is the White House by Megan Stine provides an excellent description of the White House, how it was built, and the history of it! The story starts off by the author explaining the building plan of the house, and how George Washington originally wanted it to look. After, they start to explain minor renovations made to the White House, like how the North entrance is no longer used except for special occasions. After, the author explains the first people to do certain things in the White House. For example, the first president to get married in the White House was Grover Cleveland. Finally, the book finishes in modern day traditions, and things being done currently in the white house. In my opinion, this book deserves more credit than it's been given. The author obviously put lots of research and thought in to this book. Along with that, there's details about the White House that most people haven't even heard of, even some things people in the White House don't even know. Personally, I learned lots about America's history, and about the White House. I learned lots about America's history, and the White House, because of this I would recommend the book "Where is the White House" to kids of all ages, starting at fifth grade. Even most adults would find out lots of interesting things about the White House, and this book would easily entertain anyone, even if you're an adult!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chralexandtopher Fleaffaeler

    Where Is The White House By Megan Stine Is A Great Book! It Was Great Summary Telling The Centuries Of Work Put Into Making, Rebuilding, And Straight Up Improving The White House. It Was Cool Interesting Facts About The White House Such As George Washington Was The Only President That Never Lived In The White House But Was One Of The People That Thought Of All The Original Designs For It. Some Other Interesting Facts Are As Following; Did You Know That When The White House Was First Built In The Where Is The White House By Megan Stine Is A Great Book! It Was Great Summary Telling The Centuries Of Work Put Into Making, Rebuilding, And Straight Up Improving The White House. It Was Cool Interesting Facts About The White House Such As George Washington Was The Only President That Never Lived In The White House But Was One Of The People That Thought Of All The Original Designs For It. Some Other Interesting Facts Are As Following; Did You Know That When The White House Was First Built In The Late 1700s The White House Was Actually More Of A Beige Color, Rather Than A White As It's Called Today. Today The White House Has Its Own Swimming Pool, Movie Theater,Bowling Alley, And Was Also Home To Many Famous High-School Reunions.In 1861, When Abraham Lincoln Was President His Wife, Mary Lincoln, Spent Over 20,000 Dollars In Revamping The House And Completely Redecorating The White House From Previous Ownership. I recommend this book and all the "Where Is" books for people interested in short Summaries, Biographies, And Stories about famous people, events and even places.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    A few tidbits: *Washington was a surveyor and he plotted the points where the new government house would be, but he never got to live in it. *During the War of 1812 the British burned the house down. *All of the presidents are given a budget to refurbish the white house the way they would like. *Each president is allowed to redecorate the Oval Office. *The Resolute desk was a gift from the Queen of England. Honestly, the history of the White House was not as interesting as the Where Is the Great W A few tidbits: *Washington was a surveyor and he plotted the points where the new government house would be, but he never got to live in it. *During the War of 1812 the British burned the house down. *All of the presidents are given a budget to refurbish the white house the way they would like. *Each president is allowed to redecorate the Oval Office. *The Resolute desk was a gift from the Queen of England. Honestly, the history of the White House was not as interesting as the Where Is the Great Wall? but it was still a good read. This is a fun series that my fourth graders love. Great for kids and adults.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    I learned that George Washington was the only president that did not live in the white house. It had to be rebuilt three times, and that the white house was not actually white when they first built it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maddie Scheer

    1. I loved this book! I went to DC when I was younger and loved everything about the trip and this book really brought back the memories. It helped me learn a ton of facts I didn't know and provided a ton of historical content. Overall such a fun informational read. 2. This would be such a good read for a read aloud to make curricular connection for a social studies unit on the government or anything DC related! This would be great for a 5th grade classroom and I think the students would really e 1. I loved this book! I went to DC when I was younger and loved everything about the trip and this book really brought back the memories. It helped me learn a ton of facts I didn't know and provided a ton of historical content. Overall such a fun informational read. 2. This would be such a good read for a read aloud to make curricular connection for a social studies unit on the government or anything DC related! This would be great for a 5th grade classroom and I think the students would really enjoy learning about the facts. It takes a good look into the White House and how many people/what it takes to run. Students would become much more interested in Washington DC and could even lead to more researching and knowledge for all students.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candace Worrell

    Where is the White House? by Megan Stine This spin off from the popular Who Was series is a bit misleadingly named. Where is the White House focuses more on the history of the building rather than the geographical location. The book starts with the inception of the White House and how various architects competed to have the privilege of designing the home of the American presidents. Mixing personal stories in with the history of the house, makes the book an entertaining read. The chapter “Childre Where is the White House? by Megan Stine This spin off from the popular Who Was series is a bit misleadingly named. Where is the White House focuses more on the history of the building rather than the geographical location. The book starts with the inception of the White House and how various architects competed to have the privilege of designing the home of the American presidents. Mixing personal stories in with the history of the house, makes the book an entertaining read. The chapter “Children and Pets” will especially interest young readers. This was a winning entry in an eminently readable series, despite its misnomer.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kaleb Harding

    I read the book "Were Is The White House" by Megan Stine. George Washington was the one that made the schematics for the house. During war they did not pay people to mow the grass and they just let them sheep graze the grass. The White House did not originally have walls but eventually they added them. The White House has had two pools one indoors and one out doors. I liked this book and learned allot from it. I did not know that it did not have walls. I told my dad that and he was shocked. I wou I read the book "Were Is The White House" by Megan Stine. George Washington was the one that made the schematics for the house. During war they did not pay people to mow the grass and they just let them sheep graze the grass. The White House did not originally have walls but eventually they added them. The White House has had two pools one indoors and one out doors. I liked this book and learned allot from it. I did not know that it did not have walls. I told my dad that and he was shocked. I would recommend this book to people who love history or that would want to learn more about the White House .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    My 5th graders love this book. Not only does it provide a ton of historical information, it also includes much about the city of DC and how it came to be. It takes a deep look into the structure of the White House and how many people it takes to run it. My kids loved the stories about proms being held there and how the kids would skate upstairs. THey all became so much more interested in Washington DC that they began researching on their own just for fun! I think this book helped inspire a lot o My 5th graders love this book. Not only does it provide a ton of historical information, it also includes much about the city of DC and how it came to be. It takes a deep look into the structure of the White House and how many people it takes to run it. My kids loved the stories about proms being held there and how the kids would skate upstairs. THey all became so much more interested in Washington DC that they began researching on their own just for fun! I think this book helped inspire a lot of them to try to take a trip to the White House!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Personal Reaction: This book takes such an extremely detailed look at the white house and everything happening in it. I think this would be a great book to tie in during a social studies unit. I think more often than not, the only things discussed about the white house are its location and that the president lives there. This book even taught me so many facts about the white house that I previously did not know. Purpose: independent reading, nonfiction, studying the white house, social studies.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Gamber

    The book I read this month was Where Is the White House? by Megan Stine. The genre of this book is nonfiction, because the book explains the history of the White House. The main characters are all the Presidents that lived in the White House. The setting is the White House. Each president that serves for United States of America gets to add or change something into the White House. This makes the White House a historcal treasure for United States of America. I rated this book 5 stars, because i The book I read this month was Where Is the White House? by Megan Stine. The genre of this book is nonfiction, because the book explains the history of the White House. The main characters are all the Presidents that lived in the White House. The setting is the White House. Each president that serves for United States of America gets to add or change something into the White House. This makes the White House a historcal treasure for United States of America. I rated this book 5 stars, because it was very interesting. I loved learning about all the rooms in the White House.

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Braly

    The history of the White House, first completed in 1799, reflects the history of America itself. It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him. Yet he is the only president who never got to live there. All the rest have made their mark--for better or worse--on the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Megan Stine explains how the White House came to be and offers young readers intriguing glimpses into the lives of the Fi The history of the White House, first completed in 1799, reflects the history of America itself. It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him. Yet he is the only president who never got to live there. All the rest have made their mark--for better or worse--on the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Megan Stine explains how the White House came to be and offers young readers intriguing glimpses into the lives of the First Families--from John and Abigail Adams to Barack and Michelle Obama.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda Branich

    This is an excellent book for 3rd-5th graders. The story of the White House is told in an engaging manner that will capture the reader's attention and hold it till the end of the book. It is filled with facts and interesting stories of the residents of the White House. Numerous pen and ink illustrations add to the text. Included is a timeline of the White House and a timeline of the world. I think this is a must-read for elementary students. This is an excellent book for 3rd-5th graders. The story of the White House is told in an engaging manner that will capture the reader's attention and hold it till the end of the book. It is filled with facts and interesting stories of the residents of the White House. Numerous pen and ink illustrations add to the text. Included is a timeline of the White House and a timeline of the world. I think this is a must-read for elementary students.

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