Barack Obama: Out of Many, One

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This is the story of a skinny little boy with a funny name and how he became part of America’s history.

In very clear and accessible language, newly independent readers can learn how the lessons and love of Obama’s mother and grandparents shaped him; how the places he lived influenced him; and how he turned his sadness from his childhood—the feeling he didn’t fit in anywhere—into a positive, driving force of finding a place ...

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Overview

Reading on your own

This is the story of a skinny little boy with a funny name and how he became part of America’s history.

In very clear and accessible language, newly independent readers can learn how the lessons and love of Obama’s mother and grandparents shaped him; how the places he lived influenced him; and how he turned his sadness from his childhood—the feeling he didn’t fit in anywhere—into a positive, driving force of finding a place in the world and in the history books.

“History and biography are also successful topics for level-three readers. (Random House’s) Step into Reading has the best offerings for the reading level . . . they are high in kid appeal.”—Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
Barack Obama's is an extraordinary person, and this biography is told in a simple, personal way so that youngsters may understand his heritage, background, experience, and more. At just under fifty pages, this book from the "Step into Reading" series is a Step 3, "Reading on Your Own" Level. Barack Obama's story as the forty-fourth president of the United States is one of diversity, unexpected changes and numerous challenges met with solid encouragement from family about life's lessons. In particular, President Obama's mother and grandparents were stable forces that helped shape him. He was born in Hawaii in 1961, moved to Indonesia, returned to Hawaii at age ten, went to college in the northeast and began his career in Chicago. As a young boy, his father was largely absent, although one important occasion stands out in the accounting of this president's development. One winter at about age ten, his father came to visit in Hawaii and gave his son a basketball. For a long time, Barack didn't feel that he fit in where he lived, but he diligently practiced basketball. He tried to find purpose and meaning while he studied hard in school. Obama's mother believed education was important and that everyone was the same inside. She taught him values of fairness, honesty and hard work. Playing basketball in high school allowed Barack to internalize one of life's key principles. It was the beginning of Barak Obama's focus on helping others, experiencing a sense of teamwork and pursuing common goals. After college graduation, he first went to Chicago to register new voters, set up after-school programs for children, and help others find jobs. Even there, his mother and grandparents still deeplyinfluenced him. "I discovered how my . . . story fit into the larger American story." Later, he attended law school and met and married his wife Michelle, also a lawyer. The couple had two daughters named Malia and Sasha. When he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, one of his speeches presented an emerging philosophy: "There is not a black America and a white America and a Latino America and an Asian America—there's the United States of America!" Thus, as the first African American president, Obama made history. By an overwhelming majority, people worked together, sought change for the country, and voted for him. "Each of us is free to seek our own dreams, but we must also serve a common purpose," Obama has said. The president's achievement would indeed become America's story as well. This story about the United States of America has once again shown that "all things are possible!" Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375863394
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Series: Step into Reading Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 150,001
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Shana Corey is the author of Boats (Step 1), Monster Parade (Step 2) and Paul Revere’s Ride (Step 3) as well as You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer, Milly and the Macy’s Day Parade, Players in Pigtails, and Mermaid Queen (Scholastic). She was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author in 2000. She lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Posted April 17, 2014

    For those interested in buying young children good reading mater

    For those interested in buying young children good reading material, this fits that goal. The words are simple, yet engaging. The author has done an excellent job in writing a biography which interests and holds a child's attention. The color drawings are exceptionally well done and a joy to pause and observe. This makes a great end-of-year gift for young students as an inspiration for collecting good reading material.

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