An Interactive Biography of John Wayne for Kids (Enhanced Edition)

An Interactive Biography of John Wayne for Kids (Enhanced Edition)

by Charles River Editors
     
 

Perfect for ages 7-10
Includes over 10 minutes of video of John Wayne acting.
*Includes pictures.

Everyone has read about history’s most important people and events in dense textbooks and classrooms, but words can only say so much. In Charles River Editors’ Interactive Biography for Kids series, history comes to life in video and

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Perfect for ages 7-10
Includes over 10 minutes of video of John Wayne acting.
*Includes pictures.

Everyone has read about history’s most important people and events in dense textbooks and classrooms, but words can only say so much. In Charles River Editors’ Interactive Biography for Kids series, history comes to life in video and audio, allowing your children to not only read history but truly experience it, through the eyes and ears of the people who were there.

Hollywood has produced no shortage of famous movie stars, but none have been as culturally significant as John Wayne. Marion Morrison was born in a quintessentially quaint Midwestern town, but he eventually grew up to become John Wayne, the legend of the silver screen who embodied the Western frontier. Wayne starred in so many movies (nearly 150 in all) that when asked to name his worst, he joked that 50 of them were tied, but the excessive number allowed Wayne to portray heroes of all stripes, from cowboys to soldiers, and he was invariably charming, courageous, and full of rugged, masculine swagger.

Even as Westerns have certainly waned in popularity, Wayne himself has remained immensely popular, in part because he set the prototype for the heroic character, regardless of genre. But John Wayne also transcended the Western genre. Through the portrayal of rugged, masculine characters, Wayne came to epitomize the American spirit and the way Americans view themselves. In that sense, he is truly America’s actor, and he continues to live on in both the reels of Hollywood's archives and the living rooms of America.

At the same time, the central role of John Wayne in defining a big piece of American culture is not without controversy. His later interviews are a case in point. Many Americans today realize that John Wayne's America, though beloved by many, is not the America that everyone calls their own. Western movies that pay homage to Confederate soldiers and Indian-killing frontiersman and cowboys are not everyone's cup of tea.

An Interactive Biography of John Wayne for Kids looks at the iconic actor’s life on and off the silver screen, from his outsized influence to Hollywood to his outspoken views on politics. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, your kids will learn about The Duke like never before.



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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781625393388
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
04/26/2013
Series:
Charles River Interactive Biography Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,289,825
File size:
120 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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