Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story

Sleeping Bear. Jul. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781534110625.
Gr 1-4–McDivitt presents an informative, insightful biography of former president Gerald Ford. The text traces Ford’s life from his humble beginnings in Grand Rapids, MI, to the Oval Office. Throughout the narrative, the text emphasizes how Ford’s life prepared him to take over the presidency during the turmoil of Richard Nixon’s resignation. McDivitt frames each phase of Ford’s life as a learning experience; his experiences instilled the values needed to lead the country through such tough times. He believed in the importance of working hard, respecting and helping others, and following the rules. The text uses important life events, such as his jobs, education, and participation in the Boy Scouts, to highlight how Ford absorbed the values they provided. McDivitt incorporates quotes from Ford, the people, and the documents that influenced him. Back matter includes a time line and a letter written by Ford’s four children. Faulkner’s detailed, colorful illustrations greatly enhance the text.
VERDICT McDivitt and Faulkner offer a tribute to President Ford, spotlighting his experience, character, and values. A recommended addition to biography collections.

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