President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath

One picture book on a historical topic

Bibliographic Information: Barnett, Mac. President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 1967.

Plot Description:
William Taft was the 27th president of the United States. One day, he was stuck in his bathtub. He wiggled, but couldn’t get out. Hours passed and he was still stuck. His wife discovered that he was in the bathroom, and he pretended that he wasn’t actually stuck; then he admitted it. She brought the vice president for him, who is prepared to become president in his stead. More advisors are brought in; a diet is proposed, or butter to grease him up to get him out, or blowing up the bath with dynamyte. As more ridiculous solutions are proposed, his wife keeps being cut off. Eventually she was able to suggest everyone in the room just yank him out of the bath, and it finally worked.

Quantitative Reading Level: Accelerated Reader: 3.2

Qualitative Reading Analysis:
The story uses short sentences well. The alliterations were great. The illustrations on each page had full-color and helped tell the story when there were only very small sentences on the page. The book was a short read, but very amusing.

Content Area: Social Science, US Presidents

Content Area Standard:
•    CCSS for Reading for K-5: #3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details; #4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses; #7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events; #10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry at appropriate grade level.

Curriculum suggestions:
This is a fun book to use as part of a around President’s Day. It is best suited to 3rd grade and below. It also introduces many officers of the White House, and their solutions involve their jobs at a level elementary school students can understand.


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