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Children's LiteratureThe major aspects of Johnson's life are included, beginning with a brief discussion of his hopes for a "Great Society" and then progressing through a sequence of significant events from his birth to his death. Almost half of the 46 pages of text is filled with file photographs, most in black and white, with a few in color. The overall effect is confusing. Facts about Johnson's life are often presented without enough historical background to make sense to young readers. Some words appear in bold print and are then defined in a glossary in the back. The choice of these words seems arbitrary. For instance, reference is made to Johnson keeping Kennedy's cabinet when he became president, but cabinet is not one of the glossary words and no explanation is provided. The eight-page timeline of Johnson's life in the back matter presents a more coherent view of his life than the text of the book. A bibliography of sources of information about Johnson, a list of Presidents of the United States, and an index also appear at the back of the book. Part of "Profiles of the Presidents" series. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 11.
— Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.