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Candidate bios for kids: Ooops, a few errors

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Even as pundits were preparing to critique the performances of John McCain and Barack Obama in last night's debate, a San Francisco librarian was offering a few thoughts of her own on the biographies written about the two candidates for children.

The San Francisco Chronicle yesterday published a review by Susan Faust, a librarian at San Francisco's Katherine Delmar Burke School, of both Meghan McCain's book "My Dad, John McCain" and poet Nikki Grimes's "Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope."

Faust ultimately concludes her review by praising both books as "well-intentioned," but she has a few faults to find on to the road to that final assessment.

Megan McCain, she notes, "amplifies familiar territory" in her father's life (his rebellious youth, naval service, five years in Hanoi as a POW, four years as a US representative from Arizona) and lists his qualifications for the presidency.


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