From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 5—This title uses inspirational verse and illustrations to introduce readers to the president. The poetry itself is contrived and vague unless supplemented with "Barack's Story," presented in prose at the end of the book. The flat illustrations are out of order as Barack, shown as a young child in a classroom with an airplane drawing, is placed after two images in which he is depicted as a teen and an intermediate student. Lacking depth, the artwork does not generate interest or complement the text, and none of the people depicted are identified. Children are invited to submit inspirational stories about their dreams and President Obama. Several examples from children are appended along with a message from the author. Nikki Grimes's Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
(S & S, 2008) is a much better choice.—Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY
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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.” —Hill Harper, author, The Conversation and The Wealth Cure