Book Review: Natasha Wing and Alexandra Bolger’s ‘When Jackie Saved Grand Central’

Beautifully written and illustrated, this factual story of the former First Lady campaigning to preserve Grand Central touches on her youth, White House years, and legacy, and incorporates U.S. history, politics, art, and architecture.

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It skirts JFK’s assasination (“After her time in Washington, D.C., ended…”) and omits Jackie’s marriage to Ari Onassis — and her feet.

Missing feet notwithstanding, the material is meticulously presented. The large picture book’s back matter includes notes from the author (providing more depth and background information) and illustrator (explaining her use of color), and a few selected sources.

A unique and valuable addition to any upper elementary classroom, grade school library, or literacy-rich home, for its interdisciplinary use, and high engagement and re-readability factors.

 

Release date: March 7, 2017