The Stinky And Legen-dairy Gift from Colonel Thomas S. Meacham

In 1835, Colonel Thomas S. Meacham wanted to give the president of the United States a present that celebrated the achievements of his upstate New York farming community. Believing that big is always better, he decided a colossal, legen-dairy gift was in order: a wheel of cheese measuring four feet in diameter, two feet thick, and weighing 1,400 pounds. Transporting the cheese to Washington D.C. was another big undertaking. It traveled by wagon and by ship, before being delivered to the White House on New Year's Day in 1836. But with a big cheese comes a big smell, and after a year the president had a stinky situation on his hands. How can he get rid of this cheesy gift? Readers of all ages will enjoy this slice of American history. Back matter includes science facts on cheese making.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 975.3/02
Lexile 970L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level Q
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111936), PDF (9781668918128), Hosted ebook (9781668918548)
Copyright 2023
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations

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“The appealing story is both a crash course in cheese making and an entertaining historical account, with lively illustrations wonderfully conveying the action and the hilarity of the developing odor. An entertaining ode to a funny footnote in American history.”

Kirkus Reviews - PEW! The Stinky And Legen-dairy Gift from Colonel Thomas S. Meacham

“A slice of history, accurately presented.”

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Author: Cathy Stefanec Ogren

Before moving to the Granite State of New Hampshire, Cathy Stefanec Ogren was an elementary school teacher and school librarian. Originally from Wisconsin, she is a lover of cheese and a Green Bay Packers fan and considers herself a cheese head. Cathy is interested in unusual events in American history. When she discovered the story about Colonel Thomas S. Meacham and his enormous cheese, her curiosity was piqued. With a cheesy snack close by, Cathy writes from her home, which she shares with her husband. Learn more about her at

Illustrator: Lesley Breen

Lesley Breen is the illustrator of several picture books, including You’re My Boo by Kate Dopirak, Bunny Bus by Ammi-Joan Paquette, and Maximillian Villainous by Margaret Chiu Greanias. Her artwork can be found on many products, including stationery collections, children’s games, toys, and apps. Lesley draws and dreams by the ocean on beautiful Cape Cod, where she lives with her family, her dog, her two cats, and a bunch of chickens. She loves learning about people, their experiences, and how they have contributed to the world, and she was thrilled to work on this picture book biography. You can visit her online at

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Full-color illustrations