Truth and Honor

The President Ford Story

When Gerald Ford became president after the turmoil of the early 70s, Americans were ready for an honest, hardworking politician. And that is just what they got with President Ford. He was a man of integrity and honesty, who cared deeply about all Americans. His life, tougher than some and filled with character-building lessons, had prepared him for the job--from his childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan to his days on the University of Michigan football team and in the Navy to his many years representing the Great Lakes State in congress. In Truth and Honor learn what made Gerald Ford the right man for the job. Backmatter includes a letter from the Ford family and a timeline.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 973.925092 B
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110625), PDF (9781534167469), Hosted ebook (9781534167636)
Copyright 2020
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story

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.

Truth and Honor - Teaching Guide

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Author: Lindsey McDivitt

Lindsey McDivitt has spent most of her life near the Mississippi River or the Great Lakes. She loves searching the shore for shells or stones, especially agates, and gazing up into tall trees, especially white pines. After eight years exploring marvelous Michigan, she now lives in Minnesota.
Lindsey began writing books for children after many years creating health education programs. She was co-editor of a book of true stories of hope and healing written by stroke survivors. You can find Lindsey at where she highlights picture books with older role models and accurate images of aging.

Illustrator: Matt Faulkner

Matt Faulkner has written and illustrated a number of children's books. His work has won wide praise for its humor, exuberance, and sensitivity. He is also a contributing illustrator to such national periodicals as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Matt lives with his son, Gabe and their three cats on a little island in San Francisco Bay (no, not Alcatraz).

  • Beginning of Text
  • A Note to Young Readers
  • Timeline
Author/Illustrator biography
Educational front/back matter
Teaching guides
Timeline of key events
Full-color illustrations