First Dog's White House Christmas
by J. Patrick Lewis and Beth Zappitello
Once upon a time a dog traveled the globe in search of the perfect home. He visited many countries, learned interesting facts, and made new friends. And he did find that perfect home ...at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, to be precise. A very special address with a very special family. And now at Christmastime, Dog learns that his new home hosts a very special holiday party. With a lot of important visitors on the guest list, it's going to take a lot of preparation to get this "house" ready for the holidays. It's all paws on deck to make sure everything is in order, from the sparkling tree in the Blue Room to the delicious gingerbread house in the State Dining Room. But Dog is curious about how the rest of the world celebrates and he asks his international guests to share their favorite holiday traditions. And when the festivities start there's no stopping these tail-wagging partygoers! J. Patrick (Pat) Lewis lives in Westerville, Ohio, and is the author of 60 books for children. He visits elementary schools and speaks at literature conferences. This is his second book with his daughter, Beth Zappitello. Beth has a marketing company and lives in Portland, Oregon. Tim Bowers has illustrated more than 25 children's books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585365036): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2010, 09/24/2010
- PDF (9781410307545): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2010, 11/12/2010
- Hosted ebook (9781627534529): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 3.9
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 140899
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Book Award--2N & 3rd Grade Category, Winner, 2012
- Alabama Camellia Award Program--Grades 2-3, Winner, 2011
- Creative Child Award--Preferred Choice Award: Kids Holiday Books Category, Winner, 2010
- Keystone to Reading Book Award, Winner, 2010
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Author: J. Patrick Lewis
J. Patrick Lewis is the author of 60 books for children, 50 of them in poetry. He is also the coauthor of three terrific children and four delightful grandchildren. He writes full-time, makes 30 elementary school visits a year, and keynotes at literature conferences. First Dog is his first book with his daughter Beth. Pat, or Grandpat, as his grandkids call him, is married and lives in Westerville, Ohio.
Author: Beth Zappitello
After growing up in Ohio and exploring the world, Beth Zappitello now calls Portland, Oregon home. She lives there with her two boys, Ajax and Hopper, her husband, Zap, and their wise and worldly English Bulldog, Cuba. Her professional career has been spent mostly in retail and marketing, and now she has her own company. While Beth enjoys some of her free time reading children's books with her boys, First Dog is the first one she has cowritten.
Illustrator: Tim Bowers
Even at a young age, Tim Bowers's artwork reflected a strong sense of humor and an interest in animals. Prior to illustrating children's books, Tim worked as an artist for Hallmark Cards, where he helped launch the popular Shoebox Greetings card line. His first children's book, The Toy Circus, was published in 1986. He now has illustrated more than 25 children's books and garnered various awards including the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list and several Junior Library Guild selections. Tim's artwork has been included in the Society of Illustrators Annual Art Exhibition and the S.I. Humor Exhibition, as well as featured in children's magazines, used on a wide variety of products, and appeared on hundreds of greeting cards. Original paintings from several books are in private and institutional collections across the country. Tim lives with his family in Granville, Ohio, and travels to schools and libraries to share his work with students.