The bond among the Kennedy brothers—Joe, John, Robert, and Edward—was extremely strong. Talk about how The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert, Edward shows each brother’s relationship with one another. How were the Kennedy brothers similar? What were some traits they all shared? And what set them apart from one another, and made them different?
In the book, author Kathleen Krull says that Joe Kennedy was “the most promising of the Kennedy sons.” If Joe had lived, what do you think he would have accomplished during his lifetime? Do you think he might have attained the presidency of the United States?
Although he was a very successful adult, John F. Kennedy struggled quite a bit when he was younger. Discuss some of the obstacles he had to overcome in his childhood. How do you think these experiences helped him succeed later in life?
Robert Kennedy knew “how to put himself in other people’s shoes.” What does this mean?
Before his death in 2009, Edward Kennedy was able to see Barack Obama accept his presidential nomination. How do you think Edward felt on that day? Do you think he felt that al
Kathleen Krull is the author of Fartiste (with Paul Brewer), illustrated by Boris Kulikov, A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought), illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt, as well as a number of other acclaimed biographies for young readers. She lives in San Diego, California.