Barack Obama: An American Story

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On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama made history with his election as the first African-American President of the United States. Now our bestselling reader, Barack Obama: An American Story, has a post-election subtitle and is a third longer, including new information on the campaign and election as well as new photos. It's the perfect book for primary graders who want to know all about the 44th president.

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Overview

On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama made history with his election as the first African-American President of the United States. Now our bestselling reader, Barack Obama: An American Story, has a post-election subtitle and is a third longer, including new information on the campaign and election as well as new photos. It's the perfect book for primary graders who want to know all about the 44th president.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
This biography traces Barack Obama's life as he struggled to find his identity and place in society. His multiracial background, a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, fueled this search. The reader learns about his parents' lives, the loss of his father, and how he grew up with his maternal white grandparents in Hawaii after his mother remarried and moved to Indonesia. He excelled in college at Columbia and Harvard Law School yet decided to start a career in public service to help those less fortunate. He came into national awareness after he gave the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Obama subsequently ran for and won the presidency of the United States in 2008. Photographs and illustrations of places, family, and friends provide a further glimpse into his life. The book was originally published in 2008 under the title, Barack Obama: An American Story. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448452340
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/8/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 379,634
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roberta Edwards lives in New York, New York. Ken Call lives in Northbrook, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    A biography written for children

    Half or more of this 48 page biography of Senator Barack Obama is filled with drawings or photographs, mainly of the Senator and his family. But also a photo with Vice President Cheney when Mr Obama was sworn in as U.S. Senator in 2005. The book is aimed at young readers aged from perhaps eight to 13. But it also provides a ten-minute read for adults unfamiliar with the current candidate for the Democratic Party nomination to run for President of the USA. *** BARACK OBAMA: AN AMERICAN STORY lays out the candidate's white and black family roots in Kansas and Kenya. It also sketches his schooling in Hawaii, Indonesia, Columbia University and Harvard Law School. The book also makes it clear why Mr Obama chose Chicago as a field for his perceived vocation of making a better life for the poor and disadvantaged. For eight years he also served in the Illinois State Senate. In July 2004 in Boston Mr Obama gained national prominence when he gave the Keynote Address for the Democratic Party national convention. A few months later he was elected to the U.S. Senate. *** Sample writing from the text: 'It is hard to imagine two places more different than Kansas and Kenya' -- p. 11. 'Most newly elected senators don't get to work on important committees or pass important laws. ... From early on, he also spoke out against the U.S. war in Iraq' -- p. 44. *** There is no mention of religion in the biography: either the Senator's or anyone else's. There is stress on his biracial genetics and his achievements as a black man in being elected to the U.S. Senate and later running for President. Clearly written. A simple overview for children. -OOO-

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Great Book for 2nd grader!

    My Daughter got this book from Santa. She didn't read it until after the election, but couldn't put it down til the end. She thought it was a great book for kids to read to learn about their new President and who he was before he was President. It was very informative and pertinent and she has re-read it 10 times since.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Great Teaching Guide

    History was made with this presidential election. Why not teach students all about this. I bought this book for my special education students. They loved it as well as I did to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    PROPAGANDA

    Political propaganda masquerading as a children's book

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    book written to brainwash little kids into thinking obama has an

    book written to brainwash little kids into thinking obama has and will do some good for this country

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Great book

    I bought this for an eight year old. It was a perfect level of reading for her age. She found it to be an interesting book.

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    Posted November 14, 2008

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