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Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama Paperback – June 24, 2008

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–9—Thomas describes Obama as a "new leader who seems to be granting Americans a renewed license to dream," and maintains an admiring tone throughout. She opens with a look at his Kenyan father and American mother and covers Obama's childhood, education, and early influences. The author also relates his efforts as an adult to learn about his father and his African heritage and to find his place in America. The last chapters chronicle Obama's rapid political ascent and his early victories in the Democratic primary, briefly mentioning some campaign controversies, such as his relationship with outspoken minister Jeremiah Wright. Each section of the book opens with a quote from Obama, and the text is supplemented with black-and-white photos of the senator and his family and friends. Although Thomas does not document her sources, an author's note explains that she draws both from Obama's own memoirs and other published and interview sources. While there is little here that has not been widely reported in the media or adult titles, Thomas's clear prose will help students learn more about the first African American to gain a major party nomination for the presidency.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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This adulatory profile of the presidential candidate’s meteoric rise carries his career up to his March 2008 “More Perfect Union” speech. Interspersed with large-type inspirational sound bites and black-and-white photos of Obama as a child or posing with constituents and family members, Thomas’ narrative characterizes Obama’s father as a legendary figure “like John Henry,” cites Obama’s statements in first and third grade that he wanted to grow up to be president, and finds the closest thing to a character flaw in his ambition—an unwillingness to “wait his turn” in running for political office. This does not quite measure up to William Michael Davis’ Barack Obama: The Politics of Hope (2007), though anything on Obama gets quickly out-of-date. Grades 6-9. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312537093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312537098
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,707,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garen Thomas provides a thought-provoking and honest look at race and politics.
The perfect addition to any middle or high school student's summer reading list.
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IT SUCKS!!!!!!
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I gave this book to my son when he was in 5th grade. He read it cover to cover. I think it helped him see Obama as a real person, as well as learn more about our political system. It was an inspiring read.
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Why are there so many books about Obama for children? I don't recall George W. Or William Clinton having so many children's books written about them. This is over indulgent. I have nothing against President Obama and wish nothing but the best for him and his family but please leave my children alone. It's not necessary to paint President Obama as a mythical figure. Yes, he's accomplished a good deal but much history is still waiting to be written. I would prefer that my children learn about Obama from the same objective point of view that my wife and I have learned of him. These children's books are not objective in the least and they do not paint a real picture of the struggle that President Obama has had do endure or will endure in the future. Frankly, I do not see the need to target children. It makes me truly question the author's intent!
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Garen Thomas has done a good service in writing this book that can inspire both the young and the adult. The illustrations add spice to the book. Obama's life is full of events and struggles and his burning faith and optimism are rare bonuses for mankind as a whole. Barack Obama is the new angel of this era and he has a Midas touch.

Gautam Maitra
Author of 'Tracing the Eagle's Orbit: Illuminating Insights into Major US Foreign Policies Since Independence'.
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