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Kids' Letters to President Obama Hardcover – April 14, 2009

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About the Author

Bill Adler is a literary agent and the author of numerous books, including several New York Times bestsellers. He created the Kids’ Letters series of books, including Kids’ Letters to President Kennedy and Letters from Camp, which have sold more than one million copies. He lives in New York City.

Bill Adler, Jr., is a writer living in Washington, D.C. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Kids’ E-mail and Letters from Camp and Outwitting Squirrels, which has sold more than 300,000 copies.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345517121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345517128
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Kinchen on April 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
April 25, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Kids Write the Darndest Things to President Obama

By David M. Kinchen

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Dear President Obama:

Can I come over for a sleepover with Sasha at the White House? I've never been to a sleepover before and that would be super fun!

Your Friend,
Eliana, age 6
Salem, OR

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That was just one of more than 200 letters that are assembled in "Kids' Letters to President Obama (Ballantine Books, 192 pages, $15.00) collected and edited by Bill Adler and his son Bill Adler Jr. The senior Adler compiled a similar book of letters from kids to President John F. Kennedy.

Regardless of your political views, you'll enjoy the humor, insights and fresh openness displayed in these letters, many written as class projects in school and submitted by the teachers of the kids.

Many of the letters are from black boys and girls, inspired by the election of the nation's first African American -- in its truest sense, since Barack Obama's father was a native of Kenya -- president.

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Dear President Obama,

As a Black female, I'm going to try to be the first woman president, and the first Black woman president at that -- that is, if no one beats me to it.

If we could meet face to face I would be so honored. In a couple of years you will be a legend. One day I will be able to tell my children and grandchildren, "The first Black president was elected."

Sincerely,
Kiana, age 12
Anderson, SC

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The father and son editing team include many photos of actual letters, spelling errors and all. Many of the letters have artwork on them.
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I ordered this book for our school's library and it never stays on the bookshelf.
The kids love it !!!

Once it comes in another student is standing waiting for it !!!

I even ordered more and they do not get to the shelf either.

Had to order my own personal copy just to read it.
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It was so moving to read the various letters children wrote to President Obama. To know that children were paying so much attention to the election of Barack Obama was great.

To even think that in four years, these children will and/or may have an even greater say.

This is a great book to share with other children and in classrooms where permissable.
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Although I liked this book well enough. after a while I felt I was reading not "Kids' Letters to President Obama," but "why American children love President Obama." I voted for Obama both times, and I still found it a bit slanted and annoying, because Kids' Letters to President Bush were not like that -many of the letters expressed fondness and respect, but they weren't long words of praise. They were funny or at least cute. Many of these letters are still cute, but many more are just letters of gratitude.
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