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A President from Hawaii Hardcover – July 31, 2012

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Gr 2-5-Part biography, part portrait of the Aloha State, this book covers a lot of ground with a sunny touch. The collage artwork mixes oil paintings with postcards, headlines, and photographs of the president, Hawaiian people, buildings, and landscapes. In the same way, the text mixes information with quotes from Obama. Simple facts such as the number of islands and largest city are interspersed with biographical information about the president's life growing up there and a celebration of Hawaiian culture. "Mana is what Hawaiians call divine spirit or power. They believe it can be found in every person, rock, and flower. Hawai'i had a monarchy, which was taken away, but the people's mana was strong, and it still is today." Hawaiian words are in bold and defined, then listed in a glossary. This is not a book to turn to for reports. Instead, it will be best loved by students interested in the state, and by Hawaiians themselves.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AKα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Dr. Terry Carolan was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to Hawai‘i in 1977. A pediatrician in private practice on the island of Kaua‘i since 1979, Dr. Carolan has written six other children’s books with Hawaiian themes.

Joanna Carolan was born in San Francisco. Her grandparents moved to Kaua‘i in 1967, and she spent part of her teenage years living with them in Wailua. She is an artist and owner of a studio and gallery on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i.

Elizabeth Zunon is the illustrator of several picture books, including Lala Salama by Patricia MacLachlan. She lives in Albany, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076365230X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763652302
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elizabeth Zunon grew up in a hot, sunny, tropical country in West Africa called the Ivory Coast, where people speak French (and many other languages). Since her mother is American, she wanted to make sure that Elizabeth and her little brother could speak both French and English, so she read them a lot of bedtime stories in English after they came home from speaking French all day at school. As a little girl, Elizabeth loved to draw, paint, make up dances and play dress-up, and as she grew up, she didn't really change! Elizabeth went to art school in the United States and decided to focus on Children's Book Illustration. In school, she made a lot of paintings and books that were filled with images and memories of her childhood in the Ivory Coast. She still loves thinking about life there and drawing palm trees, tropical flowers, people in busy marketplaces, and days at the beach- especially since she now lives in Upstate New York, where it gets cold and snowy!

Some things you may not know about Elizabeth Zunon:

1) She has been known to break out in dance, mid-painting, around the living room, paintbrush in hand (when no one is looking, of course!)
2) Her secret wish is to be a ballerina.
3) She always buys a new paintbrush and a new paint color that she's never used before when starting a new project. It makes every painting even more exciting, and the new color adds something unexpected!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hamilton L. Hamilton on February 12, 2013
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This book captures all the essential cultural values of Hawaii and shows how they have influenced President Obama. It's beautifully illustrated -- so colorful and stylized. It introduces readers to the Hawaiian language, history and culture and even includes a CD with Hawaiian music -- and a reading of the book. I bought it for my nieces and nephew -- but then had to order one for myself to keep. It's a treasure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JEMS on July 17, 2009
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A President from Hawaii is a chidren's book that should to be in every public library. The book is wonderful. The pictures and illustrations are very colorful. The scrapbook effect means that each page is full of pictures and information. You could read the basic book to a younger child. An older reader would be able to enjoy all the other information found on each page. The book weaves together a biography of President Obama with the culture of Hawaii. The Carolans deserve an award for this book. Their other books are also beautiful, but this one can appeal to a wider age group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Portelli on January 26, 2014
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This book is beautifully presented with it's wonderful pictures. The book talks about Hawaiian history and the background of President Obama. Even though it is a child's book, as an adult I purchased it for myself and also to keep in the view to show my grandchildren one day. I love Hawaii and it's beautiful culture and also interested in Barack Obama. The perfect book for a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LSH on January 31, 2014
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This is a great book, with wonderful photos and interesting facts. It's written at a level for children although I bought it for the novelty of it and because I love Hawaii and president Obama. It teaches a bit about the islands and about some terms in Hawaiian. There are a couple of pictures of the President that I had never seen before. My Mother (who lives in Hawaii) bought a copy of the hard cover version and I believe that version was a little bit longer than this soft cover version. I looked for the hard cover version and I think it must be out of print as there are only a couple of very expensive ones left. I was glad I was able to get this version while it is still available. It's like a little piece of history. It would be great for a classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Kearns on August 17, 2012
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We picked up four these books as "bring-back souvenirs" for our grand kids (ages 4, 4, 7, and 8) after a recent trip to Hawaii. We added little comments inside about our experiences with the Ne-Ne, volcanoes, the Hawaiian culture , etc! Thee grand kids loved learning about President Obama 's childhood and about Hawaiian life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zora streit on November 23, 2012
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This book is a Christmas gift for my 8 year old grandson who really likes President Obama.
It is a simple book, very colorful, easy to read and comprehend by a 8 year old.
If you wish, I can let you know more after Christmas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlene Ransom on January 4, 2014
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Your product was everything you advertise. I will be re-ordering products of this kind again. I have a President Obama Collection and this item will go very well with my collection. Thank you again, a well satisfied customer.
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