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Children's Literature" . . . (T)he torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans." These words from John Fitzgerald Kennedy's inaugural address are integral to the context of this balanced portrait of the man and the president. JFK is undoubtedly an unknown for many of the intended readers of this biography. Through it, they will be introduced to a leader who ushered in the 1960s, a period of great cultural change. The author begins by introducing the reader to Kennedy's childhood and early family life. Kennedy was a sickly child, one who developed a love for the printed word, "You would never seek Jack without a book in his hand" his mother, Rose Kennedy, remembered. This view of Kennedy as a man of letters—one interested in poetry as well as history—is a central theme. Despite his not being an excellent student, Kennedy became a published author while in college and greatly admired the intellectual capabilities of others. Balancing this is the picture of Kennedy the man. From his close relationship with his sister Kathleen to the love and fascination he had for his children, Kennedy is portrayed as someone who understood and valued what is truly important in life. The author is honest in her presentation of Kennedy as having ideals that he fought for (e.g. civil rights) while understanding and weighing the practical demands of politics. Though the publisher indicates that the book is written for children ages eight through twelve, I think the book will be best appreciated by children ten and older. These young readers will gain valuable insights into a turbulent period of American History and the life of a man who helped shape that period's agenda. For further work in social studies, thebook ends with the text of Kennedy's inaugural address, a collection of his quotes and recommendations for further reading. 2005, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 10 up.