Book review: Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents, by Ken Burns, illustrated by Gerald Kelley

Burns, Ken. Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents. Ill. By Gerald Kelley. Knopf, 2016. $25. 94p. ISBN 978-0-385-39209-9. Ages 7-11. P8Q7

burns-grover-cleveland-againJust in time for the 45th president, the brilliant creator of award-winning historical documentaries has written this book with two-page spreads on every U.S. president, inspired by the tales he told his daughters about the people who led the nation. Included for each of the 43 men is a column of factual information with the official portrait, digital action illustrations reminiscent of watercolors featuring each in a variety of backgrounds, snippets about presidential information set against red or blue backgrounds, and a few paragraphs about their presidencies.

Verdict: Burns maintains a balance for his information, for example, addressing both Andrew Jackson’s racism against Indians and his adoption of a Creek orphan. The book would be useful as a reference source and teaching tool.

January 2017 review by Nel Ward.

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