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Lincoln and Kennedy

Lincoln and Kennedy

A Pair to Compare

Gene Barretta

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)



President Abraham Lincoln grew up in a one-room log cabin. President John F. Kennedy was raised in the lap of luxury. One was a Republican and one a Democrat. They lived and served a hundred years apart.

Yet they had a number of things in common. Some were coincidental: having seven letters in their last names. Some were monumental: Lincoln's support for the abolitionist movement and Kennedy's support for the civil rights movement. They both lost a son while in office. And, of course, both were assassinated.

In this illuminating book, Gene Barretta offers an insightful portrait of two of our country's most famous presidents.


Praise for Lincoln and Kennedy

A New York Public Library Notable Best Nonfiction Book For Children
An NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book

"Lincoln and Kennedy don’t immediately lend themselves easily to a side-by-side picture-book analysis. Kudos to Barretta, then, who is stunningly successful at creating such a book by pausing at key moments of each man’s life to see what he’s facing and enriching the biography of both by comparison. . .
this will obviously catch the eye of social-studies teachers, but the lively illustrations and inviting approach will entice independent readers as well"—The Bulletin

"The text reads easily, but it’s the cartoonish illustrations—big, bold, and set in cleverly designed pages—that will immediately grab kids’ attention. . . Engaging"—Booklist

“Lincoln and Kennedy is a marvelously original and important book. I can't think of a better way to interest young readers in American history.” —Thomas Fleming, author of Liberty! The American Revolution

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About the author

Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta has written and illustrated many award-winning books, including Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives, winner of the Cook Prize Honor from Bank Street College of Education; Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci; and Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin as well as Dear Deer and Zoola Palooza. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his family.

Gene Barretta

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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