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.
Gene Barretta has written and illustrated many award-winning books, including two other books in this series on language: Deer Dear and The Bat Can Bat; as well as Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare; 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. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, with his son.View Author