Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Kid’s Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America

Several weeks ago, I was asked to review one of the books in this amazing series.  Unfortunately, the book came while we were vacationing and working in Florida, and our lives have not been our own ever since.  So, while I’m a little late at introducing you to this awesome set of books (for sale at an incredibly reduced price), it’s never too late to tell you about great products, right?!

239-president-2 A Kid’s Guide to Drawing the Presidents of the United States of America is a set of 42 awesome, hard-bound books.  Each book focuses on a different president of  the United States.  (It should be noted that the set only includes up to George W. Bush.)

As the title suggests, these books contain great step-by-step drawing instructions.  But, they are much more than just a drawing book.  In addition to the drawing guides, these books also include interesting biographical information about the president – key  events, people, and places in each president’s life are covered. 

The print is large and easy to read, making these books ideal for elementary aged students.  In a homeschool setting, they will enhance any American history curriculum and can be used with all ages.  They would make a great starting point for further study for older kids (think research papers) and would also be ideal for creating mini-books for lapbooks and notebooking projects. 

In the  back of each book, there is a timeline of events for the president being featured (starting with the president’s birth and ending with his death).  Another great feature is a glossary of terms – these range from simple to difficult and would be super words for spelling and vocabulary (especially if you’re a unit-study family).

The book that we received is the one focused on John Tyler.  I found the text to be very informative – I definitely learned things about President Tyler that I had not known before.  The illustrations included in this book include the College of William & Mary (President Tyler attended here when he was 12 years old!), boats on a canal (as governor of VA, Tyler supported the building of roads and canals), the National Bank (which Tyler thought was unconstitutional), a log cabin (from the Harrison and Tyler campaign poster), and six other things.

The step-by-step illustrations, though somewhat small, are fairly easy to follow.  My 11-year-old avid drawer would be great at these; but they would be much too difficult for my 5 year old (and my 17 year old! LOL)

This set originally sold for $1,060.50.  But, guess what?  You can get the ENTIRE COLLECTION for only $195!  If you’ve got a child who loves to draw, or one who is a U.S. history buff,  or if you’re simply looking for a great supplement to your current studies, I’d definitely recommend grabbing this collection.

Since we’ve been away, I haven’t had the opportunity to put this book to practice enough to get pictures or video to share.  I can guarantee, though, that it will be  getting much use over the years to come!  I appreciated this video, which really describes this series well:

I just got my Timberdoodle catalog the other week (also while I was away) and it’s filled with tons of great homeschool supplies and curriculum. You can get a free catalog here.

NOTE: As a member of Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

My daughter would love this, I'm going to have to order some of these for her!

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