Children's Book WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS is Released in its 2nd Edition for Presidents' Day

In honor of Presidents Day - February 18, 2013:

President Harry S Truman said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog". Many of our nation's leaders would obviously concur with President Truman's wisdom. "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" which sold out of its first edition, demonstrates the importance of these precious pets to many of our 44 United States Presidents, 31 of whom had dogs during their period of residency in the White House.

"WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS", in its second edition, provides a wealth of information about the long and happy history of dogs residing with adoring First Families. Dogs certainly played a significant role in providing comfort, affection, and love, particularly during times of challenge for our country and its leaders. Readers have the opportunity to learn: which president's dog was the first to be photographed; which dog starred in 2 MGM films; which dog had a dog house patterned after the White House, and much more.The book has been extensively researched and is historically accurate. It has been edited by The White House Historical Association . "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" provides a wonderful means for children to learn about history through stories of treasured animals.

Castriota designed greeting cards of the White House and has enjoyed numerous visits to the White House, including being invited to dine in the private dining room. Her most memorable and thrilling visit resulted from having been asked to design an ornament for the 2008 White House Christmas Tree and attend a reception hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. She has met President George H. W. Bush, Vice-Presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore. Every living U.S. President has received a signed copy of the "WILSON AND THE WHITE HOUSE PUPS" book, G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama replied with a note and autographed photos.

Castriota and her adopted poodle Wilson's latest adventure took them to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for a book signing on September 15, 2012. Smithsonian Museum of American History book signing A continuous stream of admirers made purchases and many posed for photos with Wilson. The book is sold at WHHA, The Smithsonian, The Kennedy Center, and

Castriota, an award-winning illustrator, author and creator of the "Willie Wilson's Wondrous Tails" series of childrens books, has appeared on many TV and radio shows with an upcoming appearance on the Emmy Award winning show, THE DOCTORS.

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