When Jackie saved Grand Central : the true story of Jacqueline Kennedy's fight for an American icon

by Wing, Natasha,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Juvenile Nonfiction E 720.9747 Wing
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Coraopolis Memorial Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 720.97 WIN
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Easy Nonfiction E 720.9747 WIN
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 720.9 W72
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Before she was an iconic First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy was a born-and-raised New Yorker. She loved everything about her city, from the natural beauty of the parks to the architectural history of the buildings. So when the owners of Grand Central wanted to build a skyscraper on top of the famous train station, Jackie knew they had to be stopped. She helped inspire thousands of people to come together and fight to protect the historic landmark. From letter-writing campaigns all the way to the Supreme Court, this little-known story celebrates winning in the face of immeasurable odds and how one person can make a big difference.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* What a great idea for a book! Activism, architecture, history, and a glamorous First Lady all come together in this historical vignette with the underlying theme that landmarks are to be saved for the people, not destroyed for profit. Wing begins by smartly showcasing Jackie Kennedy's refurbishing of the White House and how she turned a dreary mansion into a source of pride. The book then forwards to a two-page spread of Grand Central Terminal, explaining its history. After her time in Washington, Wing writes, Jackie returns to New York and fights to wrest the future of the station from the current owners, who want to build a skyscraper in its place. Although the legal cases were protracted, the story moves with alacrity, focusing on Kennedy's words and actions, yes, but also those of the legion of supporters who signed petitions, marched, and rode a train to D.C. for the ultimate Supreme Court hearing. After the successful court battle, Kennedy became involved in restoring Grand Central. Boiger's watercolor, gouache, and ink artwork has a whimsical and energetic feel that lightens the more procedural aspects of the text. The final spread of the renovated Grand Central does not quite capture its grandeur, but the endpapers featuring the constellation-filled ceiling mitigate this slight shortcoming. In sum, an offering as charming as it is informative.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, -- 1929-1994 -- Influence -- Juvenile literature.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, -- 1929-1994 -- Influence.
Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile literature.
Grand Central Terminal (New York, N.Y.)
Railroad stations -- Conservation and restoration -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile literature.
Railroad stations -- Conservation and restoration -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,2017
Contributors Boiger, Alexandra, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780547449210
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