Nonfiction Book Review: "Jack's Path of Courage"

Jack Kennedy

For those of us who are old enough to remember John F. Kennedy, think about what you were doing when they held his funeral.  I was around 5 or 6 years old, and I remember seeing something like a horse and buggy with the U.S. flag hanging over it.  I remember thinking to myself, why are they showing this over and over on television? At the time, I did not know that JFK was a very important man.  He was one of America’s favorite and unforgettable presidents.

The illustrator, Matt Tavares, did an excellent job on the front cover of the book by Doreen Rappaport.  The picture of his face is nice and clear with genuine detail. From his head to his chin, John F. Kennedy is a very handsome man. 

The book has several sections, including quotes, an author’s note, an illustrator’s note, important events and research sources.

JFK was called Jack by his family and friends. He had to compete with his oldest brother Joe all the time. Jack hurt his back early in life when he tried out for the football team, and “his back was never free from pain.” 

This book covers several of Jack’s major accomplishments and achievements.  I suggest that you read this book to find out the most courageous thing he did aside from being president. You will be thrilled and amazed to share it with your child.

--by Deborah P. Turner, Children’s Librarian