Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House. By Julie Moberg. Illustrated by Jeff Albrecht Studios. ISBN: 978-1-62354-086-9. Text Copyright 2012. Softcover with 95 pages.
Presidents from Washington to Obama are introduced with a rhyming verse about his pets followed by presidential statistics and a summary of the president's accomplishments. Throughout America's history, presidents and their families have kept an astounding menagerie of animals both big and small, ordinary and absurd. There was an alligator in a bathtub in John Quincy Adams' White House and a pair of bear bubs in Thomas Jefferson's. Theodore Roosevelt was known to have kept a hyena, a lion, a zebra, a badger, a snake, rats, plus a nippy dog that bit the French ambassador. George Washington had many farm animals at Mount Vernon and was very fond of his dogs including Vulcan, Sweetlips, and Madam Moose.