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“A crucial book for our precious children. Don't miss it!”  —Dr. Cornel West, professor, Princeton University, and author, Race Matters

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Children must be empowered to know for sure that they can change the world. Charisse has captured this incredible moment in history by writing a book that allows young people to see themselves in President Obama. To me and so many others, Barack Obama represents intelligence, judgment, courage and service. Yet, the power in I Am Barack Obama is not in Barack himself. The power, instead, is in each and every child who finds their purpose and manifests a new destiny through Barack's example.
--Hill Harper, Author/Actor/Activist and Harvard Law schoolmate of Carney-Nunes and President Obama
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Brand Nu Words (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974814210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974814216
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charisse Carney-Nunes, writer, speaker and literary advocate, is the award-winning author of the children's books, I AM BARACK OBAMA (2009), I DREAM FOR YOU A WORLD: A COVENANT FOR OUR CHILDREN (2007) and NAPPY (2006), as well as SONGS OF A SISTERMOM: MOTHERHOOD POEMS (2004). I AM BARACK OBAMA recently won a 2009 Honor Award from Skipping Stones Multicultural Magazine. Charisse is the founder of a publishing company, Brand Nu Words LLC where she has sold over 18,000 books, and now concentrates on digital publishing. She is a senior officer of The Jamestown Project, an action-oriented think tank focusing on democracy; a Diamond Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; and a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a schoolmate of President Obama, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where she was poet laureate.

Charisse has served as a speaker or presenter for numerous national and regional organizations, and has appeared on Inside Edition, ABC News Now, CBS's CW Network, Comcast's CN-8, Radio One, and American Urban Radio Networks. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband of over fourteen years, Harvey, and their daughter and son. Visit her website, www.BrandNuWords.com where you may contact her for bookings and engagements.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on June 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
NAPPY is the title of this simple book about black hair. It begins with engaging descriptions of nappiness ranging from "super-eminently nappy" to "break the comb nappy." At the same time, the accompanying illustrations share the experience of a little girl having her hair done. From there the author makes note of other important people in the past, particularly women, who also have the nappy hair trait. NAPPY concludes with brief biographies of the women highlighted in the book.

NAPPY is a celebration of black hair in all its glory, but it seemed to be missing that "something" that would make it really great. The author's poetic style may go over the heads of some of the younger readers, but older ones will find pleasure in its hip cadence and will better grasp the abstract comparisons. One of the book's strengths is the inclusion of the biographies of many important black female historical figures including: Ida B. Wells, Sonia Sanchez, and Josephine Baker. The illustrations were a great asset to the book and really brought life to the story. I particularly loved the pictures in which a mother was combing her little girl's hair; they reminded me of my childhood and the facial expressions I am sure I made while pleading for mercy. Young girls in particular, will be able to identify with this book and hopefully be inspired after learning more about other women with "supernapptural hair."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Carnegie on June 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's a fun and educational read that also boosts self-esteem. I highly recommend it for little girls everywhere with good (no make that GREAT) hair!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Hill on October 13, 2009
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I thought this book had beautiful illustrations but I didn't like the way the book implied that nappy hair was like some kind of burden given to us by God. It even states that God "wouldn't give us more than we could bear". I thought the tone was a little off. I purchased the book as a gift but ended up not giving it after I read the contents. The celebrated black women sections were good but it didn't come across the right way to me. I would NOT recommend this book for young girls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Barclay on June 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is something that children will enjoy reading on their own or reading it with a parent. The illustrations are large, colorful, and draw you in to the story. The writing is light-hearetd, poetic, and easy to follow.

The most alluring aspect of this book is the historical lesson in the back that gives brief biographical information on famous Black American women. This added bonus is something that any child will enjoy and that every parent can appreciate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Gibson on April 27, 2009
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I am very pleased with my purchase and so is my 8 year old niece. The author came to her school for a program and reading. She mentioned that she would like the book. On Easter Sunday I got the prettiest smile and the biggest hug after I surprised her with the book. Thank you for making so many articles available to the afro-american race.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rice on June 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just love this book! Finally someone has written a book to help little black girls feel proud of themselves, their hair, and their history. I'm excited to share this book with all my little girls (borrowed not biological) so they know we are part of a proud lineage of remarkable nappy and happy women.
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