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[Nonfiction Wednesday] From America’s First Lady To Champion Of Grand Central Station

"When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story Of Jacqueline Kennedy's Fight For An American Icon" by Natasha Wing and Alexandra Boiger.

Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.

When Jackie Saved Grand Central: The True Story Of Jacqueline Kennedy’s Fight For An American Icon

Written by Natasha Wing Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers (2017)
ISBN: 0547449216 (ISBN13: 9780547449210)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

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I know very little about Jacqueline Kennedy, apart from the fact that she used to be America’s ultra-fashionable First Lady. This picturebook biography does not begin with Jackie’s birth, but when she moved into the White House with the late US President John F. Kennedy and their children.

Room by room, she restored the dreary mansion into a stately home that made Americans proud.

Over and above the aesthetics aspect of the White House, notwithstanding its importance, Jackie worked on recovering historical artefacts, and grounding the entire design of the space with America’s history in mind.

When she moved back to New York after her term as First Lady at the White House, she continued to exert her influence and devote her time, energy, and resources in preserving historic sites, the Grand Central being one of them. Apparently, the owners of the space wanted to demolish the entire monument and erect a skyscraper in its place.

“If Grand Central Station goes… all of the landmarks in this country will go as well.”

Reading these words was like a breath of fresh air to me. In a world that has devolved into consumerism, a build build build philosophy that is not sustainable, poorly conceived, and destroys natural resources and historic sites and gorgeous islands as if they were an inconvenience – so that a parking lot or a mall can take its place is clearly mutilation of one’s environment.

Reading about clear, decisive, unyielding voices such as this woman’s is empowering. Definitely a book that deserves to be added into anyone’s shelves.

#WomenReadWomen2019: Alexandra Boiger is originally from Germany but now based in United States of America. Natasha Wing (USA).

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] From America’s First Lady To Champion Of Grand Central Station

  1. lindabaie

    I love Grand Central Station the few times I’ve seen it, so I’m very happy it did not become another skyscraper! Thanks for sharing this, Myra. It’s on my list, but still, I have not read it!

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  2. I’ve been meaning to read this book. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. Michele Knott

    I had forgotten about this title. My library didn’t have it but I just looked and there it was! Yay, thanks for the reminder!

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