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Operation StoryTime: “Wackiest White House Pets”

For today's #OperationStoryTime, I'm reading “Wackiest White House Pets,” by Gibbs Davis and illustrated by David A. Johnson. It's a very cute picture book that details various pets that were housed in the White House. There was Thomas Jefferson and his grizzly bears, John Quincy Adams and his alligator who lived in the White House's East room and James Buchanan who was given a herd of elephants as a gift!

But today I'm reading about our first president, George Washington who was an expert horseman and had some favorite horses as pets. Listen to what he would do with his horses!

What did you think of this story? Do you love history? What US President would you like to learn more about? Please comment below.

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Operation StoryTime: “Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call,” by Mary Ann Fraser (storytime reading for ages 5-8)

Today my storytime reading is the book, “Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call,” by Mary Ann Fraser. I've become very interested in Alexander Graham Bell and decided to write my next book about him and his dog, Trouve. Bell was a great thinker, living in a time when new inventions came out into the world almost daily. He was curious about life since he was born, always questioning why things worked the way they do. He especially was interested in sound. His father was an “eloqutionist” which is like a speech therapist today and his mother was almost deaf. It's interesting that the man who is credited with inventing the telephone was really interested in helping the deaf!

This book is realistic non-fiction and tells the story of Bell, his thoughts, interests and finding an improvement to the telegraph (sending messages, not a voice, over a wire). The illustrations are great and Mary Ann Fraser has written a good story. Let me know what you think about “Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call” storytime book reading in the comments below. Enjoy!

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