“A picture book biography that skillfully shares Jimmy Carter’s life of service.”
A timely picture book biography of former United States president Jimmy Carter as the 39th president reaches a monumental 95 years of age. Summarizing his long life while highlighting pivotal moments along the way, including his naval career, his return to Georgia to manage his family’s peanut farm, his efforts to protect and promote civil rights, his contribution to the peace negotiation between Egypt and Israel, the Iranian hostage crisis, and his continued service after his presidency building affordable housing. Hegedus uses Carter’s experiences with his childhood friend Alonzo “A.D.” Davis to provide perspective on Carter’s desire to promote civil rights. Her description of the day A.D. let Carter pass through a gate first because Carter was white and A.D. was black—not because Carter required it but because onlookers might cause trouble for A.D.—is a particularly poignant moment reflecting the tragedy of racial prejudice. “Nothing was the same after that. A.D. could no longer be himself around Jimmy.” Han creates the illustrations digitally and uses a soft, tan skewed color palette that gives the story a subdued, reflective touch as a picture book. Hegedus’s admiration of Carter, explicitly stated in her Author’s Note, is clearly conveyed through the story, though she even handedly includes Carter’s successes and disappointments.
What Kind of Book is Hard Work, but It's Worth It: The Life of Jimmy Carter
Bethany Hegedus is the award-winning author of Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird; Truth with a Capital T; and Between Us Baxters and coauthor along with Arun Gandhi of Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change. She owns the Writing Barn, a writing workshop and retreat center in Austin, TX. Bethany is a former educator who speaks and teaches across the country. You can find her online at www.bethanyhegedus.com and on Twitter @BethanyHegedus.
For Carmen Oliver, Kirsten Cappy, and Alexandra Penfold—three women who do the hard work, day in and day out, because it's worth it.
Kyung Eun Han once worked as a corporate credit analyst until she changed her career to illustration. Her debut picture book, Into the Forest, was published in Korea in 2018. Kyung uses both digital and traditional media to create her artwork and has also illustrated for advertising, movies, and magazine in addition to picture books. She lives in Anyang, Korea. You can visit her online at www.kyungeunhan.wixsite.com/illust and on Instagram at @kyung_illust.
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The artist used Corel Painter to create the digital illustrations for this book.