The Lives of White House Pets

Adapted by: Ronald Kidd / Illustrated by: Ard Hoyt
For Ages: 7 - 10
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Alongside the politicians and dignitaries, some crazy pets have lived in the White House. From John Quincy Adams' pet alligator all the way to Bo Obama, first families have always been open to four legged friends. The Kennedy Center is creating these stories in conjuction with an educational presidential initiative they are creating which also includes plays and displays at their headquarters in Washington DC.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 112 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442417250 | 
  • January 2011 | 
  • Grades 2 - 5
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Let me try that again.


Look, I admit it’s not much. But it’s mine. My name is Tipp. I’m a dog, okay? Not a Doberman or a German Shepherd or a Great Dane. I’m a Chihuahua.

Go ahead, laugh. They all do. They think of a Chihuahua and picture my aunt Mildred, who rides around in a purse. Or my cousin Tiny, who wears a pink sweater and a baby bonnet. Poor guy.

If that’s what you’re thinking, forget it. I’m not like that. I’m different. At least that’s what my owner tells me.

Her name is Alastair Lodge. She’s... see more

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