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A Time to ACT : John F. Kennedy's Big Speech
by Shana Corey and R. Gregory Christie


Overview - Acclaimed author Shana Corey and New York Times Best Illustrated, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor-winning artist R. Gregory Christie deliver a fresh look at President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with the civil rights movement.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Acclaimed author Shana Corey and New York Times Best Illustrated, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor-winning artist R. Gregory Christie deliver a fresh look at President John F. Kennedy and his relationship with the civil rights movement.

From prominent leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson to children and teenagers, it was the people speaking out and working for civil rights through sits-ins, freedom rides, and marches who led John F. Kennedy to take a stand.

And with his June 11, 1963, civil rights address, he did.

This is the story of JFK--from his childhood to the events that led to his game-changing speech and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Corey and Christie offer a deeply human look at our country's thirty-fifth president, underscoring how each one of us, no matter who we are, have the power to make a difference.

With quotes from JFK's speeches, detailed back matter, and a thought-provoking author's note, this biography--in time for what would be JFK's 100th birthday--offers a sensitive look at a tumultuous time in history and compelling questions about effecting positive change today.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780735842755
  • ISBN-10: 0735842752
  • Publisher: Northsouth Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 56
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-UP
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Political
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States - African-American

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-20
  • Reviewer: Staff

Corey (The Secret Subway) and Christie (Freedom in Congo Square) celebrate the birthday centenary of John F. Kennedy with an engaging picture book biography primarily focused on the former presidents evolution on the topic of civil rights. A conversational narrative starts out speaking directly to readers: The people who make history arent just famous leaders.... Theyre real people, just like you. Sometimes they are you. After spreads detailing Kennedys childhood, military service, and early political career, the story turns to civil rights and the presidents initial hesitancy to advocate for meaningful reform. Corey adeptly contextualizes Kennedys eventual arrival at action, amid protests and desegregation attempts, and his historic antidiscrimination speech that set the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Christies expressive paintings veer toward the abstract, with skewed proportions and bold brushstrokes, yet the realism of the faces stands out. An empowering conclusion (And so now its your turn... to speak up, to act... to make history) is followed by an authors note, bibliography, source notes, and brief vignettes about other notable figures who appear in the story. Ages 8up. Authors agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Apr.)

 
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