Wow! This pet bird may have been the first White House pet

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Richard J. Adler publishes “White House Mockingbird”

Cover of "White House Mockingbird"

“White House Mockingbird,” by Richard J. Adler, tells the story of how Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, kept a mockingbird as a pet in his study.

Although presidents before him also had pets, Jefferson is thought to be the first to have a pet that lived in the White House. Birds were his favorite animals. During his time in the White House, he wrote observations on the types of birds that he spotted in the area.

Dick the Mockingbird was the name of one of President Jefferson’s pet birds. Dick was just a fledgling when he fell out of his nest and was rescued by Anne, Jeff and Ellen Randolph, the president’s grandchildren. The children then sent Dick to live with their grandfather in Washington.

Told in the first person and through 22 beautiful illustrations, Dick the Mockingbird “makes learning fun as children get a bird’s-eye view of President Thomas Jefferson’s presidency,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

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