Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy

Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy

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Overview

John F. Kennedy was a popular, charismatic president, beloved by many. But he didn't always believe he had the strength or courage for that office. As a child he was sickly, and overshadowed by his strong, capable, athletic older brother Joe. After Joe Jr.'s death, John had to work hard to live up to his own expectations and to those of his father. He overcame pain and self-doubt to see the country through one of the most difficult crises in its history.

Doreen Rappaport once again combines real-life quotes with her own lyrical prose to create a moving portrait of a beloved figure. Matt Tavares's stunning artwork vividly depicts this unique time in history.

Praise for the Big Words series:

Martin's Big Words
2002 Caldecott Honor Book
2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
Child Magazine Best Book of 2001
New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2001

* "A stunning, reverent tribute."
-School Library Journal, starred review

Abe's Honest Words
* "Exceptional art, along with Rappaport's and Lincoln's words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction."
-Booklist, starred review


Jack's Path of Courage
"An evenhanded, graphically stirring biography."
-Publishers Weekly

Eleanor, Quiet No More
* "Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life."
-School Library Journal, starred review


Helen's Big World
* "Stirring and awe-inspiring."
-The Horn Book, starred review

To Dare Mighty Things
* "[T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography."
-Booklist, starred review

* "Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library."
-School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484749616
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Series: Big Words Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 612,726
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Among her many award-winning biographies are Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a CCBC Best Book of the Year and an IRA Teacher's Choice; and Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, illustrated by Matt Tavares, an ALA Notable Book for Middle Readers, CCBC Best Book of the Year, and an Oppenheim SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Products) Award winner. She lives and writes in upstate New York. Visit her at www.doreenrappaport.com.

Matt Tavares (www.matttavares.com) is the illustrator of several books, including 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack and the Beanstalk, written by E. Nesbit, The Gingerbread Pirates, written by Kristin Kladstrup, and Helen's Big World: The Life of Helen Keller, written by Doreen Rappaport, which was a 2013 ALA Notable Children's Book. His books have won several awards, including four Parents' Choice Gold Awards, a Parents' Choice Silver Honor, six Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, and an Orbis Pictus Honor. His illustrations have been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, and at the Brandywine River Museum. Matt lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters.

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Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nicely illustrated biography of John F Kennedy. The book is very well written and shares key events in the President's life which include the death of his brother and his resulting entry into politics (at his Dad's 'request') to his election as President and his untimely death at an assassin's bullet. This is a good addition to any intermediate classroom library.