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Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope Hardcover – August 26, 2008
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Now, after the euphoria has subsided a bit, I took a second look at this book.
I didn't laugh at it much this time around. I still winced when I read it, and not in a good way.
Some good things about the book: The final pictures were practically prescient (it almost matched the Obamas' election night picture, with the Obama parents walking out with Sasha and Malia by their sides); it was interesting to see the beginning illustrations and interpretations of Obama's childhood pictures, and the rest of the book telegraphed the giddy hope of Big Expectations that many, many people felt that night.
However, I thought the asides from the mother and her child were a little distracting, a "forced" questioning innocence from the child and an almost condescending tone from the mother. Most distracting, as noted by other reviewers, was the "Lion King/Messiah/Star Wars/Chosen One" kind of vibe given to Obama throughout the narrative. This was the dangerously-close-to-conceit part of the book that made me wince. While it's good to teach children to respect the President of the United States, this book fairly jumps across the line from respect to breathless worship.
President-Elect Barack Obama is an ordinary man.Read more ›
Good job to Nikki Grimes for producing an overtly racist / anit-white book for young children. For parents, grandparents and anyone else of ANY race that might consider this book and want to teach children that people really can vote for reasons other than race - skip this book and don't look back.
The books is SO heavy-handed (I looked to see if it hadn't been written by, endorsed by, or if the profits weren't going directly to the DNC). Barack comes across as a Moses for our times. He is spoken to by "Hope", and later on it seems that Hope turns into the voice of God. God doesn't just stir his soul but recites sentences/a paragraph, and seems to anoint him a modern-day prophet. The child in the book even compares him to Joseph of the new testament. This is going WAY too far (unless of course we are to expect The Book of Barack to be added to the Bible any day now). Actually, the heavy-handed writing made me laugh as I rejected even the possibility of bringing it into the classroom.
I do, though, allow adult guest readers to bring in books of their choosing when they join us for read alouds. I started to wonder how I would handle the situation if someone brought in this book. My solution will be to apologize immensely and then mention, "Oooops, we were suppose to go to the art room for a special presentation. We'll have to reschedule this read aloud."
There is no way I could present this book to my students. I might as well read the Bible and replace major names with Barack.
PLEASE publishers! Give us DECENT books about the candidates.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my nephew along with other books. I think this is a great gift idea and it went over well with his parents.Published 1 month ago by Shamika
It would be refreshing if schools were allowed to teach the truth about all of our Presidents.Published 9 months ago by C Mayfair
Don't bother. It is political garbage. It makes him out to be some sort of God-like figure. I read it to see what they are introducing into our schools. A big load of C R A P. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Julie Kinney
This is one of the most racist books i have ever seen in my lifetime proposed to be a school book. This is 2015 we are supposed to be better and more evolved than the B.S. Read morePublished 11 months ago by AirPirate
This book is hilarious! I bought it as a gag coffee-table conversation piece and I was NOT disappointed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L. Rapier
It is truly a wonderful story about the realization of a dream.Published 18 months ago by marcia stewart
This is a strange book. I thought it was meant for children but I was very disappointed in the language and images used. Some of the images were misleading as well. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Static.Data