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Based on a true moment in American history, this funny picture book celebrates the ingenuity and community spirit of one small New England town as it attempts to make the country's biggest cheese for the nation's greatest man. A Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College


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Based on a true moment in American history, this funny picture book celebrates the ingenuity and community spirit of one small New England town as it attempts to make the country's biggest cheese for the nation's greatest man. A Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College

30 review for A Big Cheese for the White House: The True Tale of a Tremendous Cheddar

  1. 5 out of 5

    L11_Ryanne Szydlik

    In this historical picture book, the author tells the story of a town that worked together to put their little town on the map by making the biggest cheese ever! It starts out with the towns people finding out that Abraham Lincoln was serving another towns cheese at the White House. Well, the towns people could just not have it, because their town made the best cheese! Working together the town devises a plan to make the biggest wheel of cheese this town and any other has ever seen. The ending t In this historical picture book, the author tells the story of a town that worked together to put their little town on the map by making the biggest cheese ever! It starts out with the towns people finding out that Abraham Lincoln was serving another towns cheese at the White House. Well, the towns people could just not have it, because their town made the best cheese! Working together the town devises a plan to make the biggest wheel of cheese this town and any other has ever seen. The ending to their plan takes them to the White House to serve it to the President. Can they do it? The author does a wonderful job of taking real events in history and putting them together with playful illustrations. There is a comical characteristic to the people's faces and movements in their bodies. At the end of the story, the author gives some factual information so the reader can connect this text with the actual facts.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Loved it! It was a great story, apparently based on a true events, where the town of Cheshire, MA decides to make an enormous cheddar cheese (approximately 1235lbs worth) and give it to President Thomas Jefferson so that they would be the only cheese served at the White House (and it worked).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Supposedly based on a true event that took place in Cheshire, Massachusetts, in 1801. The cheese went to President Thomas Jefferson and weighed 1235 lbs. Compare with Colonel Meacham's Giant Cheese by Rosemary Nesbitt, which is also supposedly true but which takes place in 1837 in Oswego, New York, with a cheese weighing 1400 lbs. going to President Andrew Jackson. Can they both be true?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week. I didn't expect to really like this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. This book is just the right mix of fact and humor, and, although it is longer than most picture books, it held my son's attention from start to finish. The illustrations are absolutely perfect for the text.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really enjoyed this tale of the giant cheese, because it offers a taste of history without revolving around some traumatic event. It is a bit of small town America, and local pride, all with real historical background.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I really enjoyed the plot and the illustrations along with it. Not only is it a fun story about cheese, but it can also be considered a history lesson. The book can open up many discussions about colonial life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    It’s not easy to find books about history that I like for my six year old son. I brought this one home from the library and just read through it tonight. It seems excellent. It will likely end up being purchased for our home library.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a fun account of a 1,235 pound wheel of cheese that the folks of Cheshire, Massachusetts delivered to Thomas Jefferson one New Year’s Day at the White House. Glad we’re preserving this bit of history a little longer! Also gives kids a glimpse of the cheese making process. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Enjoyable book about a part of history I never knew about.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lalor

    An unique story for a picture book, which was interesting and humorous at times. This book would be best for elementary.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

    Interesting bit of Americana.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Fell flat for me, even though I usually love Fleming's writing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erika Dreifus

    Part of my continuing education in kidlit (especially historical kidlit).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julia Miller

    Based on a true story, this picture book tells the tale of a whole town coming together to make a giant wheel of cheddar for President Jefferson. Although there are some liberties taken, the town of Cheshire, Massachusetts actually DID make a giant cheese wheel and took it to President Jefferson on New Year's Day. This is a really fun story with messages about working together, pride in the accomplishments of others, and, well...cheese! It would be incredibly fun to incorporate in a President's Based on a true story, this picture book tells the tale of a whole town coming together to make a giant wheel of cheddar for President Jefferson. Although there are some liberties taken, the town of Cheshire, Massachusetts actually DID make a giant cheese wheel and took it to President Jefferson on New Year's Day. This is a really fun story with messages about working together, pride in the accomplishments of others, and, well...cheese! It would be incredibly fun to incorporate in a President's Day lesson, along with a brief mention of President Jackson's even bigger cheese wheel that he shared on his inaguration.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a fascinating tale about cheese: how it is made and how one town made their cheese famous by making a huge wheel of cheddar and giving it to President Jefferson at the White House. The extraordinary efforts everyone took to make the gigantic wheel of cheese and then transport it down the coast show cooperation at its best. The narrative is informative and entertaining and the illustrations are very nicely detailed, too. I also liked reading the additional information provided in the auth This is a fascinating tale about cheese: how it is made and how one town made their cheese famous by making a huge wheel of cheddar and giving it to President Jefferson at the White House. The extraordinary efforts everyone took to make the gigantic wheel of cheese and then transport it down the coast show cooperation at its best. The narrative is informative and entertaining and the illustrations are very nicely detailed, too. I also liked reading the additional information provided in the author's note at the end of the story. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Brothers

    An interesting historical story of the Massachusetts town of Cheshire who think very highly of their cheese. A rumor comes to town that the President of the United States is serving Connecticut cheese at the White House. The townsfolk are horrified by this and come up with a plan to give the President the largest (and best tasting) cheese their town can make. It fun to see how the townsfolk (all except one) come together to solve the problems inherent in making really big cheese. Lovely illustrati An interesting historical story of the Massachusetts town of Cheshire who think very highly of their cheese. A rumor comes to town that the President of the United States is serving Connecticut cheese at the White House. The townsfolk are horrified by this and come up with a plan to give the President the largest (and best tasting) cheese their town can make. It fun to see how the townsfolk (all except one) come together to solve the problems inherent in making really big cheese. Lovely illustrations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie Parker

    A Parker family favorite!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine Turner

    In 1801, in Chesire, Massachusetts, Elder John Leland organizes his fellow townspeople to make a big cheese for President Jefferson who up until that time had been forced to eat inferior cheeses. Subjects Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Fiction. Cheese -- Fiction. Cheshire, Massachusetts --fiction Elder John Leland Food Elementary level

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    To prove their cheese-making ability, a nineteenth century Massachusetts’s town works together, creating a thousand-pound-plus cheddar cheese to take to President Jefferson. A silly story with illustrations reminiscent of history textbooks. Good tale to spread the word about cooperation!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Allen

    I would use this book to talk about the hardwork everyone in the community did it make the largest cheese for the President. I would also talk about how important hardwork is in the classroom. I would use this book to talk about the village life of early America.

  21. 4 out of 5

    DixieJo

    GREAT story of not giving up and what can be done when everyone works together.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jen H.

    True story about a town that gave the president ALOT of cheese that lastest for years. Interesting/unique story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Children

    True story--fun illustrations--sense of perseverance and community.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I was aftaid this story was going to be very dry, but it was very entertaining. It is well paced and funny.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Reading Rainbow: The Milk Makers Love a good picture book based on true history - and this one is good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bekka

    Cute story told in a clever way. Kind of one of those "only in America" kind of stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cayce

    A book about a giant wheel of cheddar's unlikely trip to the White House. Underdogs, political and historical figures, and best of all, CHEESE. Why didn't I write this book myself?!?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Really liked it due to the family connection.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rainey

    This would be a definite treat for young readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Josh Boggs

    Casus belli for a road trip to Cheshire. Preferably by sledge and sailboat. Provisions? One. Giant. Cheddar.

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