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Children's LiteratureA thorough and well-informed biography about President John F. Kennedy, this book is a must have for any language arts or social studies classroom. Kaplan gives a detailed explanation of the Kennedy clan and how they came to be a powerful family. Beginning with the Irish potato famine, Kaplan explains where the Kennedys and Fitzgeralds came from, what happened to them upon arrival in the United States, the businesses with which they became involved and how Joe Kennedy and Rose Kennedy met. Not only does this book cover well known historical information about the presidency of Jack Kennedy, such as the Civil Rights movement, the Bay of Pigs, the space program, the establishment of the Peace Corp and the assassination, it also includes less well known information about this important figure in American history such as his life long struggle with poor health. A great deal of information about the relationship between Jack and his older brother, Joe, is included as is information about Jack's education, his Naval service during WWII, and his political career. The amount of information included in this text is impressive, yet not overwhelming. With the aid of a notable collection photographs, definition boxes, quotes and sidebars this author presents a fascinating biography on the life and times of JFK. This book can easily be incorporated into any language arts or social studies classroom. It could lead to wonderful discussions on a host of historical world events, American presidents, civil rights, foreign affairs and the importance of international relations. 2004, DK Publishing Inc, Ages 9 to 13.