Thursday, May 25, 2017

Diana’s White House Garden

Diana’s White House Garden by Elisa Carbone and illustrated by Jen Hill

Four paw prints

During World War II people (adults and children) were looking for ways to help our soldiers win the war against our enemies.  One of these children who wanted to help was Diana Hopkins.  Diana’s father worked as an advisor to President Roosevelt so Diana and her father lived at the White House along with the president and his wife Eleanor.  Diana did all kinds of things to try to help our country but she usually just got into trouble with the White House staff.  FINALLY, President Roosevelt had an idea that Diana knew she could do...with help from Fala the White House dog.  I really liked this book.  I grew up hearing about what families (including children) did on the homefront during World War II and it was interesting to learn how one of these programs started.  I really liked that the book showed that children are NOT perfect and sometimes a dog is needed to help make things work properly.  To learn more about President Roosevelt visit FRD Library at, the official White House entry on FDR at, or the National Park Service at  To learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt visit the Center at Val-Kill at or the National Park Service at  To learn more about Diana Hopkins visit  Finally, for any families that would like to learn about gardening with their children visit  

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