Thursday, October 04, 2012

Book Review - Pets At The White House

Pets At The White House
by Jennifer B. Pickens
Published by Fife & Drum Press, 2012

 As a Brit living across the Pond, this book was a revelation and a thoroughly enjoyable, beautifully illustrated read about the presidential pets of the last fifty years.

 I had no idea of the pets kept at the White House by presidents in more distant history, notably the two grizzly bear cubs kept by Thomas Jefferson, and I only recall having seen very occasional press photos of pets kept by more recent presidents being shown in newspapers in Britain, so it was great fun to read about the varied pets owned by First Families. Illustrated with candid photographs, it provides an intimate and affectionate look at life in the White House from a pet's point of view. Great fun!

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