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Joey: The Story of Joe Biden

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Warm bio shows vice president as regular kid, born leader.

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This fond biography is full of the kind of colorful, nostalgic vignettes a kid might hear from a parent or grandparent about what it was like "when I grew up." But they're all rich in detail and illustrated in charming watercolors (Lassie on the television, catching the winning touchdown pass). There's an undercurrent of the values Biden learned from his parents, his sense of service, and his drive for leadership as he moved from high school football star to law school grad to running for Congress at just 29 years old. While it's a glowing portrait, it's not just a list of achievements you might find ticked off in a campaign pamphlet or commercial. It's an inspiring biography that shows kids a "regular Joe" can grow up to serve in the Congress and the White House. And it shows an example of a kid so determined to overcome his stutter that he would eventually be able to choose a profession where public speaking was part of the job.

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