Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story – New Nonfiction Picture Book

Disclosure: Thank you to Sleeping Bear Press for providing a copy to review. All opinions are my own.

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Just like Gerald Ford, I grew up in Michigan. As such, I had always heard about him. His hometown was Grand Rapids, a city in western Michigan where I had lived as a young adult. Gerald Ford attended the University of Michigan, my alma mater. He was a college football player representing the Michigan Wolverines – a team revered by its students and alumni. Then he became President of the United States, making Michiganders proud.

Though I knew about his accomplishments, I didn’t know much about Gerald Ford, the person. Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story, written by Lindsey McDivitt and illustrated by Matt Faulkner, sheds light on him both professionally and personally.

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This new nonfiction picture book follows Gerald Ford on his journey to becoming the 38th President of the United States during the tumultuous early 1970s. Readers learn how his mother endured domestic abuse from his father and left him when Gerald was just 16 days old. He and his mom started a new life in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eventually, his mother remarried, and his stepfather taught him how to play football and to fish.

His stepfather showed him it was important to be hardworking, honest and to play by the rules. His mother taught him to think of others and to study hard. From the people of Grand Rapids, Gerald learned to respect all kinds of people, including immigrants.

He grew up to be an Eagle Scout and a star football player at the University of Michigan. Though he had offers to play professional football, he choose to attend law school. Gerald then enrolled into the navy. From there, he entered politics, becoming a congressman. After President Nixon resigned, Gerald Ford became President Ford where he led the nation out of tough times.

At the end of the book, young readers and educators can read a letter from the Ford family and a timeline of President Ford’s life. Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story takes an insightful look at Gerald Ford’s life in an age-appropriate manner. This book is ideal for readers age 6-10 years old. Find it on Amazon and SleepingBearPress.com.

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