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KENNEDY THROUGH THE LENS; How Photography and Television Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Leader

Author: Martin Sandler

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Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: The author follows John F. Kennedy's life from childhood through his life as US President and ends with his tragic assassination in Dallas. In looking at Kennedy's presidency and the years leading up to it, Martin Sandler also investigates the role television and other media played in changing how we look upon the office and politicians in general. The volume features page after page of excellent photos. This is a photoillustrated nonfiction book that is part history, part discussion of media and journalism.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 9 and up; read yourself: 12 and up

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 9.1

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: I gave the book to one of our neighbor's daughtes to read. She enjoyed it and wanted to know more about JFK.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the scope of the book and the fact that it kept each chapter short (one page with a full page color photo) but still managed to cram in a lot of good information.

Pros: This is an excellent book for classroom and home use as a general introduction to the life of John F. Kennedy.

Cons: Hopefully, after reading this the youngster will want to read more about him.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is listed as "young adult nonfiction," but it is also a good choice for upper elementary and middle school audiences who are learning about the presidents.


Educational Themes: Although the focus is President John F. Kennedy's life, the book is also a study of various media and their role in politics. It would be valuable to compare/contrast other books about Kennedy's life with the visuals of this one.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction -

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2011

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