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When Jackie Saved Grand Central

Written by Natasha Wing & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
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Before she was an iconic First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy was a born-and-raised New Yorker. She loved everything about her city, from the natural beauty of the parks to the architectural history of the buildings. So when the owners of Grand Central wanted to build a skyscraper on top of the famous train station, Jackie knew they had to be stopped. She helped inspire thousands of people to come together and fight to protect the historic landmark. From letter-writing campaigns all the way to the Supreme Court, this little-known story celebrates winning in the face of immeasurable odds and how one person can make a big difference.

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  • “If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • What historic buildings in your town are worth saving?

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Who Wrote When Jackie Saved Grand Central

Natasha Wing
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Natasha is best known for her “The Night Before” series that’s based on the Christmas classic, The Night Before Christmas. She writes mostly fiction for young children, but has also published narrative non-fiction. “I like finding little known facts about well-known people and sharing them with kids.” Three of her books have been translated into foreign languages. Natasha has been publishing since 1994 and has more stories in the works. She lives with her husband and cat, Purrsia, in Colorado. She collects squished pennies. Her happy place is being at the beach.

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Who Illustrated When Jackie Saved Grand Central

Alexandra Boiger
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Alexandra Boiger is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller <i>She Persisted </i>by Chelsea Clinton and <i>The Little Bit Scary People</i> by Emily Jenkins. Ms. Boiger lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter. Visit her at

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What Do Critics Say About This Book

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    “…it’s an inspiring historical episode that also makes a strong case for the general value of preserving our country’s architectural treasures.”

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  • “Wing does an admirable job of describing a complex situation, making it understandable for a young audience and conveying the amount of time and effort required of Kennedy and many others to achieve the ultimate victory.”

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Book Details

Publication Date:
March 7, 2017
Text Details:
Bernhard Gothic
Illustration Details:
watercolor, gouache and ink

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