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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416975284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416975281
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although the picture-book format makes this look a bit young for kids who may actually be interested in John McCain, readers will get a broad-strokes biography, with some parts of the candidate’s life brushed away altogether. The author for this adulatory tome is McCain’s daughter Meghan, who begins by saying “he would make a great president.” She then goes on to detail how her grandfather and great-grandfather, both admirals in the navy, set a high standard for McCain, who had problems with authority growing up. She then traces his naval career, especially his time in Vietnam, including his five-year incarceration as a POW. But when he comes home, highly decorated, from Vietnam, “he met and married my mom, Cindy.” Well, first he divorced his wife, and nowhere, including a family picture, is there mention of his children from that marriage. An overview is given of McCain’s political career, and Andreasen’s color-and-sepia-tone art is handsome and evocative throughout. The shelf life for this could be short—or it could be one of the first biographies of a new president. Grades 2-4. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Meghan McCain is a blogger who documents life on the campaign trail with her father and muses about fashion, music, and pop culture. Check out her blog at McCainBlogette.com.

Meghan is the oldest daughter of John McCain, U.S. senator from Arizona and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Cindy Hensley McCain. She was raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated from Columbia University, where she majored in art history. McCain interned at Newsweek magazine and Saturday Night Live.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn's Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.


More About the Author

MEGHAN MCCAIN writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast. Prior to that, McCain worked on her father's 2008 presidential campaign and created the website McCainBlogette.com, which provided a personal look at daily life on the campaign. Her children's book, My Dad, John McCain, was a national bestseller. She lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

This is a very nice children's book with lovely illustrations...a simply-told story of an American hero.
Kaitlyn's Mom
In My Dad, John McCain, Meghan McCain has written an entertaining children's book, complete with exquisite drawings, about the life of her father.
scesq
One can not help being happy for any child that can be proud of the military accomplishments of a parent.
Carole J. Cox

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Andrus on September 23, 2008
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I really enjoyed this book. I bought it for my sons who are 9 & 7. It 's nice to be able to explain to them why he is such an American Hero.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2008
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I'm not a parent, but if I was, this would be a book I'd share with my children to help them understand the character of the man running for President. The illustrations are sweet pencil drawings from well known photographs... and some not so well known of John McCain and family. The narrative is short and sweet for any child of 5 or 6 to be able to read and understand for the most part.

McCain's well known prisoner of war experience is not glossed over, but it is not gruesome. You do not see faces of angry Vietcong that attacked him in the water or anything that would frighten children or the like. I think the book does a fair representation of the man, his character and his family's hope that he is successful in the 2008 election.

My less than perfect review is because the book is lacking. To rise above just being a propaganda-for-kiddos book, I would have really liked to have read a cute story that Meghan McCain (the author, and eldest daughter of Senator McCain) remembered about her father as a child - perhaps teaching her to ride a bike, fly a kite, or staying with her when she was sick or something. I think it would make the book not even more relevant to children who are clearly the audience for this book, but also for adults who read it with or to their kids - to get a feel for the man behind the sometimes sandpaper exterior.

Senator McCain has said himself that he will win no awards for Miss Congeniality. He can't come off as a sap or a softy in commercials or in interviews - but this book would have been a great opportunity to include some of his sweeter side for public consumption. I hope that no matter how the election turns out, that the author will update this book, including more pictures and stories of growing up the child of a Senator.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eagle Vision TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
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This is a brief biography of an American Hero, Arizona State Senator and 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee John McCain. The book is written by McCain's oldest daughter from his second marriage, Miss Meghan McCain.

It gives a personal look into Senator McCain's background from the Naval service of his father and grandfather, his adolescence, college years at Annapolis, and his career in the U.S. Navy. We get a glimpse of his character, as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and his fortitude to remain a prisoner until the conclusion of the war.

The second half of the book jumps to Mr. McCain's career as a public servant in the U.S. Congress.

The book is well illustrated and captures the emotions that Miss McCain is communicating in her narrative.

It is a lesson in service to one's country, one's history, and one's character.

The book is appropriate for first graders through middle school/junior high school.

The work is a great tribute to an American Hero and Statesman. It is a book about a man who loves his family, military tradition and this nation. His story instills personal and national pride that many people should emulate.

Highly recommend this book.
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Wonderfully written by the daughter of John McCain. You could feel the love put into this book. Great history lesson for kids and adults alike. I highly recommmend it.
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20 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on September 18, 2008
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This is a wonderful book by Meghan McCain written for children to explain why she believes her father would make a good president. She mainly addresses that by going over John McCain's life and how he has lived it. It is a nice story and she tells it well. A great addition to any school library or classroom.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ultra1000 on December 2, 2011
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This girl is just plain stupid!! She can't write. Se can't think. What can she do??? Spend her daddys money.
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Landon on September 15, 2008
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A very sweet and moving book written for children about a great American hero. The book is written for children
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
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Meghan McCain, My Dad, John McCain (Aladdin, 2008)

Expecting an objective portrait of a person in any book written by one of that person's relatives seems to me a pipe dream; either the book's going to be a rostrum for praise or a cesspit for excoriation. Given that this is a kids' book, you can guess which one applies here, but then given that this is a kids' book, you also have to wonder whether this sort of thing isn't systematic, even in books not written by family members. (A few turns through kidlit biographies of even America's most notorious attackers of the cultural norms--Benedict Arnold, for example, or Edgar Allan Poe--tend to whitewash the gory details.) I won't use this as a forum for getting into a one-sided discussion about how we need to quit sheltering kids from bad behavior (or perceived bad behavior, depending on your personal mores), but such questions are worth keeping in the back of your mind where kidlit bios are concerned.

Not that there's much to be said in the final analysis about the Great Evils of John McCain; two hundred years down the road, people will probably look back at McCain and think of him as another lovable American rogue a la, say, Martin van Buren (or Charles Randolph Kane, who often seems more real than most of our actual historical figures). Even mentioning him in the same review as Benedict Arnold, though I would never think to draw a comparison between the two, is likely to arouse the ire of those who interpret things far beyond what the text will allow. My Dad, John McCain, on the other hand, will give those folks no ammo. (This is good, because I have a sneaking suspicion most of those folks are just as Republican as I was, long long ago.
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