The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert, Edward


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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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The creators of Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight celebrate the lives of these political icons, spotlighting their personal and professional interactions and underscoring their mutual affection. Short chapters describe the brothers (including oldest sibling Joe) as children and young men: bookworm and aspiring leader John; serious, compassionate Robert; and loyal Edward, who, as the youngest, felt the weight of his brothers' expectations as a child: "With each brother putting pressure on the next, Edward got the most." Krull offers streamlined accounts of the trio's careers and, somewhat prosaically, emphasizes the importance to each of "hope, compassion, and loyalty." Rendered in watercolor, gouache, and pencil, Bates's art features lifelike depictions of the siblings and convincingly captures the emotion and drama inherent in their stories. In perhaps the most poignant picture, Robert and Edward embrace on a seaside dune after John's assassination ("And then there were two brothers"). Supplementary notes, more accessible to those on the older edge of the targeted age range, round out this admiring portrait. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
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: 965,044
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: NC990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of the new six-book Women Who Broke the Rules series of chapter books as well as A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull; Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought); and other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at

Amy June Bates has illustrated many books for children, including That’s What I’d Do by singer-songwriter Jewel and The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three children.

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