A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-01 
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" Note: I received a digital review copy of this book through NetGalley; I received an ARC signed by the illustrator at ALA Midwinter 2017. " said.

"A bare-bones bio of the great president, zeroing in on his civil rights activity, for kids. Beautiful in its simplicity as well as its watercolor paintings. It might be a call to action for those far too young to know much about the Sixties but who might draw comparisons to the present-day tensions in this country.
For someone who’s as big a fan of counterfactuals as I am, throwing in the phrase “History isn’t a straight line” is pure catnip. In this case, had older brother Joe not died in WW2, it’s possible JFK would never have become president. Try to imagine life today without, for example, a moon landing.
In the beginning the author calls him out on not doing more to support civil rights, and as a bonus at the end she explains exactly why she felt the need to do this. Had it not been for this, the book might not have been as good, or at least complete.
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" This was a fantastic book that highlighted both the great things JFK did as well as the times he hesitated and failed to act. I learned much about this great man, but also that he was human. Beautiful illustrations and wonderful additional information in the back of the book. " said.

"I'd been meaning to read this since it came out. I loved the message that even our best intentions sometimes we need to push through to make effective positive changes. We're all human after all and we may procrastinate and we may want to wait for others to lead the way, but ultimately we have to look inside ourselves when it's time to act. Here we see a man in probably the most powerful position who had to make tough decisions. He may not have acted in a timelier manner but ultimately he did.

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" A different look at Kennedy's time in office and his role with Civil Rights. Excellent notes at the end along with bibliography. Artwork is fits with the text. " said.

" Engaging, accessible, informative, and inspiring. " said.

" interesting examination of JFK role in Modern Civil Rights movement. The illustrations are detailed and exquisite! " said.

" An honest look into Kennedy's presidency from a civil rights perspective. The author's note is poignant and would make for a good classroom tool/lesson. " said.

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