The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert, Edward

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An inspiring picture book about John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, by acclaimed author Kathy Krull and New York Times bestselling artist Amy Bates.

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Overview

An inspiring picture book about John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy, by acclaimed author Kathy Krull and New York Times bestselling artist Amy Bates.

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Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A glimpse into the lives of the Kennedy brothers is the feature of this book. From a family of nine children, there were four brothers: Joe, John, Robert, and Edward. Although the title does not include the oldest brother, there is some information about Joe in the first section of the story. The other sections feature John, Robert, and Edward; however, the story brings together their work in politics. Read about some of the challenges, successes, and tragedies they faced during their lives as children and later as adults and politicians. The watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations catch different poignant moments during the course of the brothers' lives. The story begins and ends with memorable quotes from John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy. At the back of the book, readers will find some further information about the Kennedy brothers. There is a time line of events in their lives. Students conducting research may need to access additional resources for information; the list of additional book titles to explore may contribute to further understanding the lives and legacies of the Kennedy family. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Throughout this tribute, emphasis is placed on the dedication to the principles of hope, compassion, and loyalty shared by the brothers, with selected events from each of their lives presented to illustrate how they acted on those principles. The recurring imagery appears to be the sea, a love shared by the three. While not enough information on any one man is provided for report writers, the book serves as a good introduction to this important American political dynasty. Bates's watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations are a gentle accompaniment to this often-tragic tale. The opening pages feature amusing scenes of the nine siblings' interactions and activities and become more somber as the brothers grow up. An annotated time line is included.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416991588
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 972,888
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of Fartiste (with Paul Brewer), illustrated by Boris Kulikov, A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought), illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt, as well as a number of other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do and Sweet Dreams by Jewel; Waiting for the Magic by Patricia McLachlan; Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull; The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest; and You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy. She graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives with her husband and three children in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Visit her at AmyBates.com.

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