President Adams’ Alligator: And Other White House Pets


It’s no secret that I love Little Patriot Press.  Peter and Cheryl Barnes have brought us fabulous children’s books like Liberty Lee’s Tale of Independence, Woodrow for President, and Woodrow the White House Mouse.  Their book President Adams’ Alligator: And Other White House Pets takes a very different direction from the Mice Tales, but it’s no less brilliant than they are.

President Adams Alligator


Did you know that President John Quincy Adams had a pet alligator?  Apparently several presidents were given exotic animals as gifts from foreign leaders.


President Adam’s Alligator starts with George Washington and his beloved horses and touches on nearly all of the presidents and their often unusual pets.  Along with the usual dogs and cats, The White House has been home to alligators, hippos, tigers, ponies, birds, bears, donkeys, cows, and many, many more animals.  Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge (who loved his raccoons) had the most pets.  FDR was a fan of scottish terriers and LBJ loved his beagles.


While not written in verse like Cheryl and Peter’s previous books, President Adam’s Alligator is still very enjoyable.  Introducing young children to the presidents of the past through their pets is a brilliant idea.  I love how it helps you get to know lesser known presidents (like Calvin Coolidge).  My kids loved hearing the stories of the crazy antics of Tad Lincoln (the thought of him being dragged around by a goat and upsetting the house guests had my little ones exploding with laughter) and finding the tiny alligator hidden on every page.

Children love animals (at least mine do) and are not likely to soon forget that once upon a time, John Quincy Adams kept his pet alligator in a bath tub.  Today being President’s Day, this is a wonderful book to read to your kids and help them get to know our past presidents just a little bit better.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product in exchange for my honest review. I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.}


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