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John F. Kennedy
     

John F. Kennedy

by Michael Burgan
 

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An accessible, in-depth biography of JFK, that covers key events in his presidency such as the Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, and his assassination. It also aims to explain the cultural significance of the Kennedy administration and how it's been perceived as key in the "awakened" mindset at the onset of the 1960s. The book also covers how his

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An accessible, in-depth biography of JFK, that covers key events in his presidency such as the Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, and his assassination. It also aims to explain the cultural significance of the Kennedy administration and how it's been perceived as key in the "awakened" mindset at the onset of the 1960s. The book also covers how his unexpected and filmed death is a major touchstone for everyone old enough to remember it.

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Children's Literature
This biography of one of our American heroes is part of the "Trailblazers of the Modern World" series in the World Almanac Library. It does a very competent job of chronicling the short life of John F. Kennedy. Photographs and excerpts from speeches are interspersed with the text. Some of the most interesting parts include the story of a harrowing rescue on the PT109, Kennedy's success as an author and his dedication to the civil rights movement. A glossary, timeline and further resources are provided as appendices. 2001, World Almanac Library, $26.60. Ages 9 to 14. Reviewer:Carol Lynch
Children's Literature - Rosa Roberts
The 35th President of the United States is featured in this series of the “Trailblazers of the Modern World.” This biography provides a thorough and detailed account of the life of this much-admired president. Information about his early life is presented, along with background about the Kennedy family; but the biography begins with JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963. It then follows the chronological order of events in his life. The text features excerpts from his speeches, headings, and captions to assist young readers with the numerous facts and information on this important American. Interspersed throughout the 51 pages are photographs on the youngest President of the United States. The last chapter includes a “What If,” encouraging readers to ponder what could have been if Kennedy would have completed his presidency. A glossary, timeline, index, and further resources are provided as appendices. Reviewer: Rosa Roberts; Ages 8 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432980979
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Pages:
56
Sales rank:
1,209,794
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
970L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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