JIMMY CARTER

A MYREPORTLINKS.COM BOOK

Jimmy Carter’s life story presented specifically for the reader who has a report to write for school. The print story is a straightforward, complete one for the young reader and researcher. However, the reader can find much more information at the My Reports Web site. This is what the publisher hopes the young researcher will do: read the book and then connect to the links provided from the Web. With frequent color photographs and brief, easy-to-understand chapters and sentences, the author allows the young reader to get to know the public life of the former president. He briefly highlights the important events of Carter’s presidency: the backlash from the Nixon pardon, daughter Amy’s struggles with the spotlight, Roslyn’s speech to Congress, the energy crisis, the difficult and demanding peace process in the Middle East, the capture of the American hostages in Iran, and their eventual release. He paints an admirable picture of Carter: hard-working and caring, someone who lives from his heart. He spares the young reader the infamous Playboy “lust in my heart” episode but tells much about Carter as an involved ex-president who is active with peace and justice causes. There is little new information here, just the bare facts that can be easily found in any resource about the presidents. Certain elementary-school assignments have been around forever and the presidential report is one of them. This series and the accompanying easy-to-navigate Web site will make this predictable assignment less daunting and a little more interesting for the writer. (index, chapter notes, annotated Web addresses, bibliography.) (Nonfiction. 7-12)

Pub Date: March 1, 2002

ISBN: 0-7660-5051-3

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Enslow

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2002

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JAM!

THE STORY OF JAZZ MUSIC

A busy page design—artily superimposed text and photos, tinted portraits, and break-out boxes—and occasionally infelicitous writing (“Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie became . . . bandleader of the quintet at the Onyx Club, from which bebop got its name”) give this quick history of jazz a slapdash air, but Lee delves relatively deeply into the music’s direct and indirect African roots, then goes beyond the usual tedious tally of names to present a coherent picture of specific influences and innovations associated with the biggest names in jazz. A highly selective discography will give readers who want to become listeners a jump start; those seeking more background will want to follow this up with James Lincoln Collier’s Jazz (1997). (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8239-1852-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH

In tribute to this country’s proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls “the promise of America,” presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. His selections, equally divided between men and women, range from such usual suspects as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the less-familiar likes of child peace activist Samantha Smith, political columnist Molly Ivins, authors Frances Moore Lappé (Diet for a Small Planet) and Jonathan Kozol, plus controversial figures such as Emma Goldman and Dwight Eisenhower. The telling quotes are reprinted in the margins to make them more legible. Opening with an eloquent general statement of purpose, and closing with biographical comments on each entry, this gallery of writers, politicians, rabble-rousers, troublemakers, scientists, celebrities and activists will have a stirring cumulative effect, even on children unacquainted with many of their causes or accomplishments. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: June 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-525-47429-3

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2005

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