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text by Doreen Rappaport, illustrations by Matt Tavares

2010 Oppenheim Gold Seal Award

path of courage

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Jack's Path of Courage follows John F. Kennedy from childhood to the White House. In her signature style, Doreen Rappaport combines quotes from Kennedy and those close to him with her own lyrical prose to create a moving portrait of a beloved figure. Matt Tavares's stunning artwork vividly depicts this unique time in history.


"[Rappaport's] descriptive narration is spiced with memorable quotations and Tavares's larger-than-life illustrations. The realistic paintings portray the different periods in JFK's life with depth and detail, capturing his emotions, courage, and sovereignty while remaining true to this unique time in history.... This beautifully illustrated and gracefully told story serves as a superior introduction to our 35th president."
-School Library Journal

"As with these collaborators' Lady Liberty, the striking cover of this picture-book biography features a closeup portrait of the subject, all the more compelling in this instance with the omission of any type.... Tavares's light- and shadow-infused paintings balance lifelike portrayals of Kennedy with renderings of dramatic events, notably a Japanese destroyer ramming Kennedy's PT boat during WWII and the planting of the American flag on the moon. An evenhanded, graphically stirring biography."
-Publisher's Weekly

"A striking cover close-up of Kennedy (with the title information on the back of the jacket, à la the author's Martin's Big Words, illustrated by Bryan Collier, 2001) introduces the reader to this biography of the 35th president of the United States.... The handsome and vivid illustrations pop."
-Kirkus Reviews

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JACK'S PATH OF COURAGE. Text Copyright © 2010 Doreen Rappaport. Illustrations © 2010 Matt Tavares. Disney-Hyperion, New York, NY