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 Lincoln and Kennedy : a pair to compare
 Author: Barretta, Gene

 Publisher:  Holt
 Pub Year: 2016

 Dewey: 973.09
 Classification: Collective Biography
 Physical Description: 40 p., col. ill., col. maps, 31 cm.

 BTSB No: 093676 ISBN: 9780805099454
 Ages: 6-10 Grades: 1-5

 Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865
 Kennedy, John F. -- (John Fitzgerald), -- 1917-1963

Price: $6.50

A compelling picture book biography comparing two of our nation's most popular presidents.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: .5   Quiz: 188110

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Bulletin for the Center... - 06/01/2016 Separated as they are by a hundred years, and representing rival political parties, Lincoln and Kennedy don’t immediately lend themselves easily to a side-by-side picture-book analysis. Kudos to Barretta, then, who is stunningly successful at creating such a book by pausing at key moments of each man’s life to see what he’s facing and enriching the biography of both by comparison. Boy Lincoln, scrubbing down in a tin bathtub while a bear hovers near his shoulder, “had a passion for learning and borrowed books whenever he could.” On the facing page, boy Kennedy soaks in a footed tub, with a teddy bear perched on the radiator: “He showed little interest in his studies.” A picture shows Lincoln wooing Mary Todd at a dance, in true meet-cute fashion, while the scene below depicts Jacqueline Bouvier sneaking a sidelong glance at Kennedy as he holds forth at a dinner party. Both men, pictured in somber silhouette, experienced the loss of a child and suffered from depression or pain. Each made a stand for civil rights; each faced military defeat. And, of course, both fell to an assassin’s bullet. Cartoon illustrations are respectful but at times humorous, and the career of each man is recapped with a double-page spread that includes presidential accomplishments, trivia, and five memorable quotations. With a glossary and list of sources, this will obviously catch the eye of social-studies teachers, but the lively illustrations and inviting approach will entice independent readers as well. EB - Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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