Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns
Honestly, what do you really know about President Grover Cleveland? I know this sounds a little old-fashioned, but I really think it's important to understand great events and people in American history. In GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN!, Ken Burns gives kids (and adults!) a convenient, fun way to learn about great figures in U.S. history.
I confess I don't know much about our presidents--other than the most recent presidents, and perhaps Lincoln. I really like the concise, direct approach of this short book. In just a few minutes, one can get the gist of the important features of any given president.
There is a concise narrative given for each president, covering the highlights of the term. I found the descriptions to be fair and free of any bias. There are also a few "sidebars" covering important topics or achievements for each president. For example, for JFK, a bright red section starts off, "IT'S NOT ABOUT RELIGION." Then, the authors explain the controversy of the day about JFK being Catholic. Another red section talks about, THE POWER OF TELEVISION, and the importance of the debate between JFK and Richard Nixon.
Again, Ken Burns does a nice job of summarizing the issues, without trying to spin any of the facts. Both the good and bad parts of a president's term are discussed.
All in all, I found GROVER CLEVELAND, AGAIN! to be an oustanding book. Concise, informative--and just plain fun to read. I really liked the artwork by Gerald Kelley. Although one can read this on a monochrome device, don't miss the beautiful artwork (see photos here