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Barack Obama: An American Story Paperback – August 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448447991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448447995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Moppy C. on March 29, 2008
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I originally bought this little book for my granddaughter, a kindergartener who idolizes Barack Obama, and one copy for myself. When the book arrived, I quickly read it because I always do the grandmother-preview of all the books I buy for the grandkids. Lo and behold - I found a primer for adults who may just be getting to know Obama and who want to know the basics about who he is, where he's from, and how those circumstances molded him into the Presidential candidate he is today. This (along with the H. Clinton counterpart) should be required reading for all voting Americans. I shared it with several others (adults) and all of them wanted to purchase copies.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By NK on January 12, 2008
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This is a great introductory book to Barack Obama written for children. My daughter loves it and it gives a great overview of his life to date. It's short and to the point.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda on March 31, 2008
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This is really great biography for school-aged children. I've read it with my 7 year old son a couple of times now, and now when he hears or sees Barack Obama on tv, he feels like he knows a bit about him as a person. It's a short book, but is easy to read, and the pictures and illustrations make it very engaging.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Oku on August 9, 2008
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This is a very good book for anyone(including adults) who want the facts about Barack Obamas life. Easy read, nice pictures.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By T. Patrick Killough on March 20, 2008
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Roberta Edwards is a prolific writer -- unless several authors have the same name! Her titles range from INTRODUCING CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY through FIVE SILLY FISHERMEN and SPACE KID to 2008's 48 page children's biography: BARACK OBAMA: AN AMERICAN STORY.

Half or more of those 48 pages are well presented sketches, photos or maps. I suspect that there are many children from ages eight to 14 who would enjoy the book. For adults almost totally unfamiliar with the U.S. Senator from Illinois (if such there be!), Ms Robert's book need not take up more than ten minutes of skimming. There are no big words. There is, to my surprise, no treatment of religion -- anybody's religion. But there is much about race and the white and black ancestors of Barack Obama.

High points of the Senator's life to date include being first black American chosen to be president of the Harvard Law Review, his 2004 keynote address to the Democratic National Convention, being sworn in as a U.S. Senator in 2005 by Vice President Richard Cheney and a vigorous campaign for President of the USA which began in February 2007.

I am glad I read the book. It is unpretentious, skillfully put together, succinct and well illustrated. -OOO-
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on October 7, 2008
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This is a good children's biography of Barack Obama. Most facts seem to be taken from his autobiographies. It contains good information and is great for kids.
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