Reviews of Buzzy

Reader's Choice: Cheerfully illustrated in full color, “Buzzy and Thomas Move Into the President’s House” is a delightful account of the historically documented move of President Thomas Jefferson into the President’s house, accompanied by his dog, Buzzy, and his mockingbird pet, Dickie. Written from the point of view of Buzzy, a longhair white Briard dog from France, “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House” is an award winning text at reading level ages 4-8, K- 3rd grade. Awarded five stars by Readers’ Favorite, “Buzzy and Thomas Move Into the President’s House” presents details from Buzzy’s life at Monticello and Buzzy’s projected thoughts about the projected move. The detailed illustrations in American primitive style, show many fine embellishments authentic to the period of Thomas Jefferson (1801). Children will identify with Buzzy’s concerns about her strange new home, and they will delight in the whistling calls of Dickie. Carefully researched details are incorporated into a historical biography work of famous pets of a famous historical figure, in this first title of a series, Historical Tails.

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Children's Bookwatch



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Vicki Tashman presents history in a fun and fresh way in her early chapter book, “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House.” In her book, the story of Thomas Jefferson’s transition from life at Monticello to his big move into the White House is told – with a twist. The twist is what’s especially fun, fresh, and unique about the book: The story is told from the perspective of Buzzy, Thomas Jefferson’s beloved pet dog!

Tashman offers multilayered benefits with “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House” including education on history, addressing a common, stressful situation for kids (moving from one house to another), and providing an entertaining read! Vibrant and detailed illustrations from Fátima Stamato add another layer of interest and enjoyment to the book.

My kids are too young to read; but, they enjoyed and engaged with “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House” as I read it to them. As most kids are, my kids are fascinated by animals and especially loved Buzzy’s group of friends!

I recommend Tashman’s “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House” as a valuable and entertaining early chapter book that can make learning history both enjoyable and effortless for kids.

Amanda Schleicher February 9, 2017

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The story is delightful and what makes it more appealing is the fact that Thomas Jefferson, who became the President of the United States, had a dog named Buzzy, a horse named Caractacus, another dog named Bull, and a mockingbird called Dickie. The illustrations are lively and colorful and they breathe life into the characters and give the story a good pace and movement. The book is informative and educational as it tells readers a bit about the history of the United States and teaches them new words. The book is a good bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Buzzy’s fear of moving to a new place and missing her friends is palpable and readers can connect well with those emotions.

Mamta Madhavan February 9, 2017

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I think Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House is a great book. This book is an easy reader. Kids who are looking for a great book to read that is both fun and educational will get it here. This book has lots of great lessons to learn like how to deal with big life changes. I will be adding Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President’s House to my library. It is a book many kids will love and enjoy. Who does not love a good dog book?

Lady Lilith February 9, 2017

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The story is based on a real historical fact, Buzzy was Thomas Jefferson’s dog
and she did move into the white house with him when he was elected.
What I like about this book is that it can be used as a base for learning
experience about one of the American founding fathers, but it is also a
great read for kids who are moving to a new place and are anxious about
the move. They would surely identify with Buzzy’s fears.

Hagit Oron February 9, 2017

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