A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower

A Picture Book of Dwight David Eisenhower

by David A. Adler
     
 

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Overview

The story of a soldier, president, and peace-maker.

Editorial Reviews

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Grade 1-3-Rather than beginning with Eisenhower's birth, Adler opens with a description of the June 19, 1945, parade in New York City at which the general was given a medal naming him "the victorious Commander in Chief of Allied Armies in defense of human liberty." The book adequately explores his youth and family life, acceptance to West Point, and marriage. There is little about the president's army career. Throughout, Adler praises Eisenhower's accomplishments; thus, the book lacks balance. However, for the most part, his story is well told and interesting. Many of the black-and-white photographs have been used in other biographies, but they have been well chosen, and their placement and size do much to flesh out the book.
Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Rather than beginning with Eisenhower's birth, Adler opens with a description of the June 19, 1945, parade in New York City at which the general was given a medal naming him "the victorious Commander in Chief of Allied Armies in defense of human liberty." The book adequately explores his youth and family life, acceptance to West Point, and marriage. There is little about the president's army career. Throughout, Adler praises Eisenhower's accomplishments; thus, the book lacks balance. However, for the most part, his story is well told and interesting. Many of the black-and-white photographs have been used in other biographies, but they have been well chosen, and their placement and size do much to flesh out the book.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The zeal to extend interest in the "Greatest Generation" to young children brings the 34th US president to picture book readers. Adler’s (Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery, p. 560, etc.) straightforward, though largely undistinguished, text opens with Eisenhower’s triumphal 1945 return from Europe, then backtracks to fill in the details of the general’s life from his birth in Denison, Texas, and youth in Abilene, Kansas, to his education at West Point and his early military career. The second world war gets six pages, Eisenhower’s presidency, three. Handsome archival photographs provide the illustrations, and indeed constitute the high point. Quotations from primary source materials appear throughout, giving young readers a direct glimpse into history, but are regrettably unsourced both within the text and in the back matter (which includes a timeline and author’s notes). This offering’s greatest weakness, however, lies in the necessary brevity of coverage of a time and events that may not be familiar to primary grade readers. Terms such as the Allied forces and segregation are introduced without explanation, and the celebratory "Taxes went down and incomes went up" will likely mean little to the designated audience. Still, as an accompaniment to an introduction to the events of WWII and the 1950s, it will be useful. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823417025
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/2002
Series:
Picture Book Biography Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
757,961
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Abraham Adler (born April 10, 1947) is the author of nearly 200 books for children and young adults, most notably the Cam Jansen mystery series, the "Picture Book of..." series, and several acclaimed works about the Holocaust for young readers.

Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year.

Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career.

Adler has three children and one grandson. He lives in Woodmere, New York.

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