James A. Garfield
The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president's term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of James Abram Garfield, beginning with his childhood in Orange Township, Ohio. Information about Garfield's education at Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, or Hiram College, and Williams College, as well as his early career as a canal worker, a teacher, a professor, a college president, and a lawyer, is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life are highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Garfield's military service in the Forty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War, during which he fought at the Battle of Middle Creek, the Battle of Shiloh, and the Battle of Chickamauga, and his political career in the Ohio state senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, during which he served on the Committee on Military Affairs, the House Committee on Appropriations, the Banking and Currency Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, supported a strong Reconstruction policy and the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, helped establish the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Geological Survey, and became minority leader. Finally, students will explore key events from Republican president Garfield's administration, including his surprise nomination, his promise of civil service reform, the Star Route Scandal, and his assassination by Charles Guiteau. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students' fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|BISACS||JNF007130, JNF007070, JNF043000|
|Number of Pages||40|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Historical photographs|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
|Guided Reading Level||S|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.4|
|ATOS Interest Level||MG|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||128052|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
United States Presidents (2009) - Horn Book Guide
Broad overviews of each president’s early life, aspirations, political challenges, and triumphs are packed into these brief, easy-to-read texts augmented with sidebars, illustrations, and photographs. Highlights of each administration are placed within the context of American and world history. Each volume concludes with the same general information about the presidency, branches of government, and the electoral college.
United States Presidents (2009) - Library Media Connection
Showing our nation’s leaders as people and not just iconic historical figures, this series brings authenticity to the individual featured in each volume. Although certainly not the only presidential biography series students will find, those writing reports or who are interested in national leaders will learn valuable information here.
United States Presidents (2009) - School Library Journal
The profusion of color and black-and-white pictures will give students a leg up on the old “dress up as a president and give a short report” assignment, and the brief declarative sentences keep the books within the reach of most first chapter-book readers. . . .The strong layout keeps each title interesting. That’s saying something, especially when it comes to those hard-to-remember 19th-century presidents like Tyler, Taylor, Polk, and Pierce. . .