Title: Jack's Path of Courage
Author: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrator: Matt Tavares
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Concepts: careers, poverty, racial discrimination, social justice.
Review: John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, worked tirelessly for civil rights, peace, and poverty alleviation at home and in the developing world. Most children have learned about President Kennedy’s youth, charisma, and courage, as well as the tragic assassination that robbed this country of a great leader. However, they may know less about Kennedy’s vulnerable side, especially the comparisons he endured as a youth with his more successful older brother Joe, and the back pain and surgeries that plagued him from his football playing days in college through to the presidency.
Entwined in the biographical narrative are a series of economics lessons related to Kennedy’s career development as a writer and politician, his Peace Corps initiative to send American volunteers to developing countries, and the stand he took against racial discrimination. Vivid illustrations based on research of archived photographs from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library give this book a vivaciousness that helps young readers to better comprehend the magnitude of Kennedy’s many challenges and contributions.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children