Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life in the Senate

Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life in the Senate

by Lisa Tucker McElroy
     
 

In the early days of his career, Senator Ted Kennedy was mainly known as the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy. But his service in the United States Senate—which has spanned more than 45 years—has earned him his own reputation as a hard-fighting and effective legislator. He has strived to fairly represent all

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In the early days of his career, Senator Ted Kennedy was mainly known as the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy. But his service in the United States Senate—which has spanned more than 45 years—has earned him his own reputation as a hard-fighting and effective legislator. He has strived to fairly represent all Americans in his pursuit of so

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
This title in the "Gateway Biographies" series succinctly profiles Senator Edward "Ted" Moore Kennedy's life from childhood through his 2008 surgery for a cancerous brain tumor and Democratic National Convention appearance. For young readers unfamiliar with Kennedy, this biography is a useful introduction. The author emphasizes Kennedy's strengths yet admits some flaws, such as when he cheated while attending Harvard College. The text stresses the Kennedy family's political legacy, explaining Kennedy's commitment to public service was influenced by his father Joseph Kennedy's role as an ambassador and his grandfather Honey Fitzgerald's position as Boston's mayor. This biography discusses legislative issues, particularly health care and education improvements, that Kennedy has endorsed since his 1962 election as a U.S. Senator. Kennedy's support for his brothers' presidential aspirations and grief when they were assassinated reveal his devotion to family. His 1980 campaign for president is summarized. Photographs depict Kennedy as a child and adult. A fun facts section notes Kennedy's favorite foods and why he did not become a Green Bay Packer. The chronology only lists two of Kennedy's three children. The concise bibliography recommends two books written by Kennedy, including a children's book about his dog Splash, and three website addresses. Citations identify quotation sources. Because few children's books feature Kennedy, this biography is helpful for preparing social science papers and projects. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—McElroy's concise biography briefly touches upon Kennedy's childhood, school years, marriage, and political career, including his work on brother John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign and his years in the Senate. Personal tragedies, including the assassinations of his brothers and the 1964 plane crash that left him with a broken back, are also discussed. At times, some of the senator's poor choices, such as his expulsion from Harvard for cheating and his involvement in the accident at Chappaquiddick, are oversimplified and are not convincing about the "lesson about honesty and integrity" that McElroy claims Kennedy learned. However, the book is still an appropriate title for those seeking a slim yet informative biography. The text is well written and clear, and is enhanced by black-and-white and full-color photos.—Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761344575
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Gateway Biographies Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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