Drawing on family letters, anecdotes, recollections,and biography, Ilene Cooper has written a riveting account of John F. Kennedy’s early years from birth to prep school graduation, all set against the colorful background of the Kennedy family and their wildly successful pursuit of the American dream. Completely reformatted, this paperback edition is the perfect companion to adult biographies on JFK, and just right for young historians looking to discover the boy behind the man.
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Table of Contents
The Dare 1
Chapter 1 "A Very, Very Sick Little Boy" 3
Chapter 2 "We Want Winners" 10
Chapter 3 "Better To Take It in Stride" 25
Chapter 4 "Weaving Daydreams" 41
Chapter 5 "A Real Stigma" 49
Chapter 6 Hyannis Port and Hollywood 58
Chapter 7 "The Boy Who Doesn't Get Things Done" 76
Chapter 8 Homesick 85
Chapter 9 "Quite Different from Joe" 93
Chapter 10 Jack and Lem 103
Chapter 11 "An Inner Eye" 112
Chapter 12 Muckers 123
Source Notes 153
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"The text is full of anecdotes and quotes from family members and intimates, so the book has a personal tone. . . A unique, highly readable choice for biography collections."School Library Journal
"The quality of the research in Jack shows both in the way background history is seamlessly interwoven with biography and in the extensive source notes . . . "Booklist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I would use this book for my upper grades 5-6 for introducing JFK as our president as well as to go into how he was assasinated.
Cooper, Ilene. (2003) Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy. New York: Dutton Children's Books.This book goes into extensive details about the early years of John F. Kennedy. There are 12 chapters that have a lot of details and family photographs and details about the family as well. This book does not focus on his life as a president and it only spends about 2 pages discussing his life as a president and his assassination. The author of this book is an award winning non-fiction writer. It is geared towards upper elementary school student.