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White House Nannie - My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr.
White House Nannie - My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy Jr Author:Maud Shaw John-John drops a toy gun from a White House balcony and nearly causes an international incident. — Caroline escapes the nursery and invades a Presidential press conference wearing her mother's high-heeled shoes. — JFK gets his son's hair cut short (Mrs. Kennedy like it long) by issuing "an order from the President." — Maud Shaw, an Englishwoman fr... more »om Kent, is one of a famous, fast-disappearing and very special kind of governess -- the English nannie. She came to the Kennedy's just before the birth of Caroline, when John Fitzgerald Kennedy was still a promising young Senator. And she stayed with the family through triumph and tragedy for seven unforgettable years.
What is it like to be part of a President's household? Miss Shaw takes us inside the White House, into the living center of a close-knit family group. Her story is replete with fascinating and intimate details -- descriptions of pets and room decorations, character portraits of Secret Service men and heads of state. Maud Shaw tells us exactly what it was like to live with the world's most famous family . . . in Washington, Hyannis Port, and Palm Beach. Never betraying the family trust, she reveals the private faces of two public figures, a mother and father who happened to be President and First Lady.
Maud Shaw was "bestest friend" to Caroline and John-John, in full charge of their upbringing. But it was Mrs. Kennedy who taught her children how to ride, to swim, to curtsy to a queen; the President who tucked them into bed each night with a kiss.
A number of delightful and deeply moving photographs illustrate these memoirs of those exciting, history-filled days. Miss Shaw's love for her charges lights every page; her admiration and affection for the late President and Mrs. Kennedy are boundless. In a heartrending chapter the nannie tells how she broke the news of her father's death to Caroline . . . and in a final chapter, she depicts her own anguish at parting from the children, when family duties called her back to England.« less