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The man who saved the lives of his PT-109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fought-and won-his first battle at the age of two-and-a-half, when he was stricken with scarlet fever. Although his presidency was cut short, our nation's youngest elected leader left an indelible mark on the American consciousness and now is profiled in our Who Was...? series. Included are 100 black-and-white illustrations as well as a timeline that guides readers through this eventful ...
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Who Was John F. Kennedy?

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Overview

The man who saved the lives of his PT-109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fought-and won-his first battle at the age of two-and-a-half, when he was stricken with scarlet fever. Although his presidency was cut short, our nation's youngest elected leader left an indelible mark on the American consciousness and now is profiled in our Who Was...? series. Included are 100 black-and-white illustrations as well as a timeline that guides readers through this eventful period in history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101639948
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 12/29/2004
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 90,935
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Yona Zeldis McDonough is a longtime doll lover and collector. She is also an award-winning author who has published numerous books for children and adults. She presently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
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Who Was

John F.
Kennedy?

Who Was

John F.
Kennedy?

To my children, James and Katherine
McDonough—Y.Z.M.

For Charlotte with love—J.W.

Who Was John F. Kennedy?

The small boat sped quickly along in the dark. It was a hot night in August. The thirteen men onboard were quiet and tense. Their mission was a scary one: They were looking for Japanese warships in the Pacific Ocean.

Suddenly, there was an explosion.

The small boat was ripped in half by a Japanese destroyer returning to its base. Two of the crew were killed instantly. The other eleven men clung to pieces of the boat until morning. Then the wreckage began to sink. The captain decided they all must swim to the safety of a nearby island. The men didn’t think they could make it.

“Will we ever get out of this?” asked one.

“It can be done,” replied the captain. “We’ll do it.”

One of the men was burned so badly that he could not swim. He told the captain to save himself and the other men. But the captain would not leave the wounded man. He swam for five long hours with the burned man on his back. When they reached the island, the captain discovered two natives and a canoe.

He also discovered a coconut shell on which he carved these words:

NATIVE KNOWS POSIT

HE CAN PILOT 11 ALIVE

NEED SMALL BOAT KENNEDY

He gave the shell with the message to the islanders who went by canoe to another island nearly forty miles away. Six days after the patrol boat was destroyed, the brave and quick-thinking captain and his crew were rescued.

The captain’s name was John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Chapter 1
Little Boy, Big Family

On May 29, 1917, a baby boy was born to Joseph P. Kennedy, a wealthy, Irish-American businessman, and his wife Rose. They named him John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in honor of Rose’s father—John F. Fitzgerald.

“Honey Fitz” as he was called, had been a popular politician and a former mayor of Boston. When his daughter Rose began dating the young Kennedy boy, Honey Fitz was not so sure he approved. But the couple kept seeing each other and, eventually, Honey Fitz was won over by Joe’s hardworking and ambitious nature.

IRISH IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES

IN THE 1840S AND 1850S, MORE THAN ONE MILLION IRISH IMMIGRANTS SAILED TO AMERICA. BACK IN IRELAND, THE POTATO CROP HAD FAILED. WITHOUT THEIR STAPLE FOOD, AT LEAST ONE MILLION PEOPLE DIED OF STARVATION AND DISEASE. THE IMMIGRANTS WHO CAME HERE WERE CRAMMED INTO CROWDED, DIRTY SHIPS. NEARLY 20 PERCENT OF THEM DIED BEFORE THEY ARRIVED. THE ONES WHO DID WERE CALLED THE “FAMINE IRISH.” LIKE MANY NEW IMMIGRANT GROUPS, THEY FACED DISCRIMINATION AND HATRED. THEY COULD NOT EASILY FIND JOBS OR PLACES TO LIVE. SIGNS WITH THE WORDS “IRISH NEED NOT APPLY” WERE COMMON. THEY TOOK THE ONLY WORK THEY COULD GET: LAYING RAILROAD TRACKS, SHOVELING COAL, DIGGING CANALS, AND CLEARING SWAMPS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Greast book

    This book was very good. I defenately recomend this book for anyone that wants a fast an easy read. Even though it was a fast and easy read, i learned a lot about our thirty-fifth president. Yona Zeldis McDonough is a fantastic writer and i loved this book along with all the other 'Who Was...?' books she has written.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    A reveiw

    I had to read this for a school thing and loved it and please quit posting innappropreatr stuff im only11

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    LOOK HERE

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    My grandson loved this book as Kennedy is his favorite president. He is 10 yrs old and has studied all the presidents on his own. He has read other books in this series and really likes them. A great way for children to learn about people who have shaped this great country.
    gypsyrose11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Great Book!

    This is a great book! I could ask for a better book. I can't stop reading it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    Who was John F Kennedy

    John F Kennedy is a president of the U.S.Ahe is one of the most loved president I will keep this book tillI die and always rememeber him as a big role modelto me I loved the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2015

    John's Assassination

    John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, the same way Cinderella's father was shot by Lady Tremaine the evil stepmother in Disney's "Cinderella." The assassination was on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 pm Central Time in Dallas, since it was 1:30 pm Eastern Time in New Jersey.

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    Posted November 7, 2013

    To Two Below

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    Posted January 25, 2013

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    MEH IT US OKISH BUT THE BEST IS YET TO COME

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