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Who was Steve Jobs? New kids book aims to answer

The latest entry in the "Who was...?" series shines a spotlight on the late Apple leader for young readers.

Penguin's biography series always caricatures the subject's portrait.

"Who was Steve Jobs?" may not be the easiest question to answer. But a new book from Penguin is tackling that topic in a kid-friendly way.

Written by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso, "Who was Steve Jobs?" is aimed at children 8 and older.

A small portion of the book posted on Amazon reveals a simple approach. It begins: "Steve Jobs always loved machines. His father repaired machines for a living. As a child, Steve loved to watch his father build and fix things. When Steve grew up, he started a company that built machines."

Along the way, the co-authors spend time teaching about the computer industry and related areas.

Jobs' mercurial and unpredictable nature is cleaned up for the young readers, according to a review from MacNN. But all the major highlights of his life and career are covered.

"Who was Steve Jobs?" joins a group of similar books published by Penguin. Other titles in the series profile Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Amelia Earhart, Walt Disney, Anne Frank, Abraham Lincoln, The Beatles, and Babe Ruth.

The book is selling for $4.99 on Amazon, both as a paperback and a Kindle e-book. It's also available through Barnes & Noble and the iTunes Bookstore.