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


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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: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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From Booklist

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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I gave this book to my son when he was in 5th grade.
Meg Regan
It gives you an interesting insight of B. Obama's life as a politician but it doesn't forget his role as a son and father.
Elizabeth C.
I highly recommend it to adults as well as young adults and children.
Tbird

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By I love web shopping on October 5, 2008
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As a specialist in children's therapy, I see this as a valuable book for educating children. I have a book collection of biographical series for children -- artists, musicians, politicians, etc. This has become a valuable part of my collection. I highly recommend this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tbird on September 24, 2008
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This book gave me a great overview of Barack Obama.
It is a page-turner because Obama has led a life rich with experience.
Garen Thomas' writing style informs and entertains.
The photographs of Obama and his family, travels, and career add to the book's appeal.
I highly recommend it to adults as well as young adults and children.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Child Therapist on July 7, 2008
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I bought this book for one of my child therapy clients at work and we read it together. We couldn't put it down. I am speaking for the both of us when I say that the book "Yes We Can" was enlightening and inspiring. Not only did it do a great job of explaining the American political system to young readers, but it also detailed Barack Obama's life in a way that offers youth the inspiration to achieve great things in life.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth C. on August 7, 2008
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This is definitely a book for adults, too.
It gives you an interesting insight of B. Obama's life as a politician but it doesn't forget his role as a son and father.
I couldn't put the book down.
5stars!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gautam Maitra on November 25, 2008
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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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