Item description for Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy by Ilene Cooper...
He would be a symbol of power, grace, and tragedy-but before he was JFK, he was sickly and scrappy, troubled and charming; he was a boy called Jack.
To Jack, it seemed as if his brother Joe, not quite two years older, would always triumph-in school, on the playing field, in his father's affections. Jack was the sloppy second son, the witty, disorganized dreamer who could never seem to stay well long enough to muster his talents-a risky failing in the success-driven Kennedy family. Young readers cannot help but be fascinated by this sympathetic portrait of a complex youth who, as he struggled with the pressures of father-son dynamics and the shadow of ill health, discovered within himself an intensity for living and a profoundly ironic humor.
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Studio: Dutton Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.28" Width: 8.78" Height: 0.69" Weight: 1.89 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Dutton Juvenile
ISBN 0525469230 ISBN13 9780525469230 UPC 050553022998
Availability 52 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 27, 2016 02:54.
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More About Ilene Cooper
For over twenty years, Ilene Cooper has been writing both fiction and nonfiction books for children, including The Golden Rule, Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy, and her Absolutely Lucy series. She is also the children s book editor at Booklist."
Ilene Cooper currently resides in Chicago, in the state of Illinois.
Ilene Cooper has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy?
Excellent Photobiography Nov 27, 2005
It is amazing that a man who was only president for two years and ten months had such a profound effect on a nation, and that his life is still so widely read about and researched. Cooper's biography, with its' extensive collection of well-chosen and captioned black and white images on nearly every page, is excellent in it's singular focus on the youth of JFK.
Chronological from birth to college, with a final chapter on the presidency and the assassination, Cooper zeros in on the competition between first and second son's Joe Jr. and Jack, a father's determination for having only winners in the family, and the family's history in politics as keys to Jack's success. She also gives us an overview of the family dynasty and the entire Kennedy clan.
Primary sources are heavily used, and the many quotes from a variety of people who knew the family, as well as from Kennedys themselves, tell most of the story. But the narrative goes beyond the factual; Cooper writes in an anecdotal style about her subject and goes a step further to analyze the pivotal moments that made the man who overcame sickliness, sibling rivalry, and the stigma of Irish Catholicism to become a leader of the free world.
Although all of the facts about JFK ring true and Cooper documents her meticulous research with source annotations from each chapter, she is incorrect in her description of the Irish Potato Famine that brought the ancestors of Jack to the United States. Whitish-green spots formed on the leaves of the plants, not on the tubers themselves, which turned dark brown, black or purplish on the inside. Since she cites Susan Campbell Bartoletti's Black Potatoes (Houghton, 2001) as her source, I am surprised at this error.
insightful and interesting Sep 16, 2003
This look at JFK's early years is very amazing. I loved the idea of exploring his early years in depth. As a school teacher, I realized that so many of the students we see as average students or pranksters have great potential! The book shows JFK's relationship with his older brother as being very strained. I didn't realize they were so competitive, but this book points out how competitive they really were. I loved this book! If you are a fan of the Kennedys and are looking for a glimpse into the young life of JFK, this book is the one.
very good Jun 15, 2003
this biography is wonderfull, it's one of the most complete bio of young Jack. It tells how he was. there are a lot of rares photos and a few documents. I suggest it to all the peaople who are fans of john f kennedy.