This is a very cool book! Written for children, it also is a great beginner's guide to D.C. for adults, including those who live in the D.C. metropolitan area but still did not know a bunch of stuff in the book (like me). For example, I did not know that White House pets "have included cats, dogs, racoons, snakes, ponies and goats." Or that the Library of Congress was the first building in Washington, D.C. to have electricity, or that the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights "are lowered into a deep vault for safe-keeping" every night. I bet you did not know that the National Bureau of Engraving "prints about 1 BILLION dollars a day" or that "95% of the money replaces damaged bills" and "5% increases the current supply."
From the White House to the war memorials to the Martin Luther King Memorial to the Smithsonian museums, Humphrey knows D.C. and its history and she ably presents it with a kid's eye view. (Her co-author, Rudy, also has a lesson of his own to impart to children, rescue dogs are loving, wonderful companions!)
(In return for an honest review, I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.)
Age Range: 6 - 12 years
Grade Level: 1 - 7
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Sage Press (October 1, 2016)