We the people
If you needed proof that pop-ups aren't really meant for children, look no further than The White House: A Pop-Up Book. Produced in conjunction with the White House Historical Association, the book is full of artist Chuck Fischer's color-drenched paintings. It offers a concise overview of the construction and major renovations of the White House as well as a brief history of Washington, D.C. One informative page explains the symbolism in Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of our first president; the picture opens to reveal the names, images and dates of the rest of the commanders-in-chief. (First Ladies are featured on a subsequent page.) The book's pièce de résistance has to be the carousel of roomsBlue, Green, Red, the Lincoln Bedroom and the Entrance and Cross hallsand numerous archival photographs. Especially now, with access to the White House so restricted, this book is a wonderful experience.