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Barack Obama: Working to Make a Difference (Gateway Biographies) Library Binding – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Series: Gateway Biographies
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822534177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822534174
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6–With a well-designed format and clear, concise prose, these biographies provide glimpses into the lives of their subjects. Brill's description of Obama's childhood is poignant, and the passages dealing with his relationship with his father are especially well written. The author also does a great job of presenting the senator's successes and failures impartially. On the other hand, McElroy's recounting of Gonzales's childhood occasionally becomes sentimental. Sidebars in both titles offer either brief summaries of important sections or interesting insights not mentioned in the texts. Color and black-and-white photographs of the men, beginning in childhood, include private and public-relations shots. Easy to read, factually correct, and serviceable for research.–Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX
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From Booklist

Gr. 5-8. With Obama increasingly in the spotlight, this timely entry in the Gateway Biography series will be in demand. Brill offers a warm, personal portrait of the politician, beginning with his parents' disparate backgrounds and his multinational upbringing and moving through his political awakenings, higher education, and public life. There are no source notes, an omission that is most glaring in references to Obama's personal thoughts and impressions. Still, Brill offers an intimate portrait that is bolstered by her own interviews with Obama's colleagues, schoolmates, and friends. The many photos include Obama's elementary- and high-school-yearbook pictures. Appended material includes a chronology, a glossary, and a brief list of suggested Web sites. The first of what will surely be many biographies for youth about the rising U.S. senator from Illinois. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Marlene Targ Brill learned to write by reading to her students. She writes award-winning books for readers preschool through adult. Her most recent titles are Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide (Scarecrow Press), Margaret Knight: Girl Inventor (Createspace: 2002 NNSA/CBC Honor Book), and the fun Tooth Tales from around the World (Charlesbridge, the only nonfiction history of the tooth fairy and other tooth traditions.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on December 1, 2006
Format: Library Binding
The life of rising U.S. political star Barack Obama is detailed in this biography for Grades 4-7. This book is a satisfactory introduction to Obama who is currently a senator from Illinois with possible presidential aspirations. A strength of this book is the description of Obama's early life, where he was exposed to many cultures and experiences. Great photos accompany. One drawback is the description of Obama's wife, Michelle, as "noble-looking"--something that most likely would not happen with a white subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Mason-burton on May 13, 2007
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The book is an excellent, short story,yet a well written view of Obama's life as a child to adulthood. Very easy reading for children.
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By Michael Haas on October 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
With 48 pages, the book is Barack Obama's shortest biography. Specifically intended for younger readers, Obama's political views are not analyzed. The biographical content appears primarily derived from Obama's "Dreams from My Father" but is also based on interviews in Honolulu and at Harvard. The statement that Obama grew up "much as a Hawaiian American boy" appropriately gives credit to Obama's formative years in Honolulu. But the term "Hawaiian American" does not apply: The indigenous people are known as "Native Hawaiians," and those from the Islands never use that phrase.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Dahlberg on February 22, 2007
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This booklet was intended for a young audience, not adults. Although it appears factual and contains some interesting photographs, I would not recommend it to adults interested in knowing more about Barack Obama.
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