Friday, March 14, 2014

JFK by Jonah Winter

Books about John F. Kennedy abound in both children's and adult literature. There aren't very many titles for the primary grades, which may be the biggest reason for buying this one.
As adults, we know JFK did many great things, but he was hardly the godlike figure that this book hints at. While small children don't necessarily need to read about his womanizing, making political figures sound better than they were is more indoctrination than education. Winter's book may serve as an introduction into the events of JFK's life, but teachers might do well to add other information and explanation as is suitable. Children may have questions of their own while reading - such as, who ARE all these people in the pictures?

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