Simple vocabulary and numerous pictures lend to the easy reading of this abbreviated biography of John F. Kennedy. Only a positive image is portrayed, which will make this a popular book to read, especially in a library environment. Part of the "Compass Point Early Biographies" series, this work covers Kennedy's life from his school days right up until his assassination in 1963. Two of his dreams were fulfilled after his death—that all Americans, no matter their color, would have equal rights and that the United States would be the first nation to send a man to the moon. Following the text is a timeline of important events and dates in John F. Kennedy's life (a must for so many school assignments), a glossary, a few fun facts and sources for curious learners to find out more about the life of one of America's most popular presidents. The only flaw evident comes from the series summary statement on the back cover of the book. It indicates we can find out what award Kennedy won for writing a book. This information is not in the text except for the sentence:"It won an important prize." Overall, this is a clear, well-written book and would make an excellent addition to any biographical collection. 2002, Compass Point Books, $19.93. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-These biographies include all the basic facts that most students need for reports, but they do not bring the subjects to life. The writing is dry, and there is no more information here than can be found in a collective biography or encyclopedia. Also, the books do not give readers a sense of American life during the mid-20th century. Kennedy is worse than King. Once JFK has entered politics, the chronology jumps around and is difficult to follow. There are statements that are not quite right but not totally wrong-and it seems inappropriate to say that the president was murdered, instead of assassinated. On the other hand, King offers some sense of the man and his desire and hopes for an end to racism. Both books are full of mainly black-and-white photographs-many of them well known and representative of the men; others do not seem to have a point. The glossaries have an odd assortment of words-"college," "minister," "elected," "Peace Corps," etc. Barely serviceable additions.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.