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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Upd Exp edition (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448452340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448452340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roberta Edwards lives in New York, New York. Ken Call lives in Northbrook, Illinois.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on February 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I picked up "Barack Obama" I thought it was written for adults. Wrong - it's for young readers. Nonetheless, I couldn't help reading it.

Ms. Edwards begins with campaign photos, along with words that explain the meaning of his name, his parents background (eg. meeting in Hawaii, father left when Barack was two and didn't return until he was ten, and then only for a month), how Barack wrote his father in Kenya after they separated again, moving to Indonesia and being taught to box by his stepfather after a bully took Barack's soccer ball.

"Barack Obama" then tells how he was sent to Hawaii because his mother wanted a better schooling and lower crime environment (stayed with his grandparents), graduated from Columbia, and was a Chicago-area community worker for three years. (Also included his relatively benign reaction towards a white girl that wouldn't date him.)

Barack saw problems while working in the community, and wanted to help. Thus, off to Harvard Law where he did very well. Then back to Chicago. Unfortunately, his parents died before he became U.S. Senator.

February, 2007 Barack announced he was running for president - a race that he eventually won by more than 8 million votes. Again, misfortune struck - his beloved grandmother died just two days before the election.

I enjoyed the photos, drawings, and narration, and imagine a young reader would be inspired by Barack Obama's story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "Ms R" on March 28, 2009
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This is just the book I was looking for! Many of my 3rd graders are interested in learning more about Barak Obama and his life, so I was on a search to find an appropriate book for my classroom. After researching several books, this one was the obvious winner! It's actually an interesting book for anyone of any age to read (as another reviewer stated), but it's what I'd consider to be a "just right" book for students in grades 2-4. The content if easy for kids to comprehend, and the independent reading level seems to target this age group.
Glad I found this book - my children keep passing it on to others instead of putting it back in our classroom library tubs!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Meyerzone on January 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
My 8 year old, 2nd grade, daughter got this as a gift - a very good overview of President Obama's life for kids (I even learned a few things!)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen on July 1, 2009
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This biography is written so that older children would be able to read it. It has a lot of pictures, so it would be good for read alouds too.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Denzin on December 29, 2009
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I don't own the book I just picked it up to peek at when in a book store. I read only four paragraphs from this book and was disgusted. If you want your kids to grow up in a world of reality and not make believe then please don't buy this for them. The first paragraph I read was the author telling us about some civil rights that we have to include the right to vote, the right to a free education and the right to live wherever you want. Now if anyone believes that then I want you to go find the US Constitution with the Bill of Rights and look hard for those rights somewhere in those documents. You won't find them. If the author didn't do any research into basic American rights how much research do you think the author did on Obama's life? Probably none. This book is about brainwashing our children. Enough said.
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