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Children's LiteratureThe life of 15th America president James Buchanan is presented in this easy reader volume. This highly illustrated non-fiction work is part of Compass Point Books's "Profiles of the President" series. The book focuses on the political life of Buchanan while presenting interesting insights to the bachelor president's personal life and personal views. Buchanan never married because of a love that went horribly wrong, yet the book portraits him as a gentle family man who cared for his nephews and nieces. While he opposed slavery, he never acted on the issue, believing the North and South had to settle the issue themselves. Historically, therefore, he has been blamed for the Civil War. Buchanan's less than glamorous life is presented through simple and clear text. Historic pictures add meaning to the text, so that a young reader can have a sense of American life during the 1800s. Ideally, the book can be used for elementary grade readers as part of an American studies curriculum. The book contains a reference section featuring a full-color time line comparing Buchanan's life with world events. A handy glossary is included and a listing of books, websites and historical sites for further research. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 5 to 8.
— Patricia Silverberg