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First Family [NOOK Book]

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At work, at play, at home, in the White House.
The White House is a museum, the office of the chief executive, a gathering place for leaders and visitors from around the globe, and it is also a home for one special family-the First Family.
This book follows a day in the life of the Obama family: President Barack, First Lady Michelle, First Daughters Malia and Sasha, and even First Pup Bo. From moving in on inauguration day to making important ...
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Overview

At work, at play, at home, in the White House.
The White House is a museum, the office of the chief executive, a gathering place for leaders and visitors from around the globe, and it is also a home for one special family-the First Family.
This book follows a day in the life of the Obama family: President Barack, First Lady Michelle, First Daughters Malia and Sasha, and even First Pup Bo. From moving in on inauguration day to making important decisions, hosting state dinners, planting a garden, exploring the historic house, and leading around the Secret Service, the First Family is very busy.
Deborah Hopkinson and AG Ford take young readers through an extraordinary ordinary day in the life of America's much-beloved First Family.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The creators of Michelle widen their focus in this affectionate portrait of the Obamas. After describing the family's move into the White House and the various purposes that building serves, the book touches on details of the first family's daily lives. Readers will find much of the information familiar: Malia and Sasha make their own beds and walk their dog, Bo; the president and Michelle work out at the White House gym; the first lady visits schools and serves as White House hostess. Fresher tidbits include the family members' Secret Service code names and the fact that the president's desk is made of oak from a British ship. Hopkinson adds some gratuitous filler (“It's rewarding to eat a salad made with lettuce from your own garden”) and heaps praise on Michelle (“With her winning smile, ready laugh, and big hugs, Michelle has warmth, glamour, and charm”). Though Ford's likenesses are recognizable and consistent, several images have a stilted wax museum quality, and the Obamas' heads sometimes have uneasy relationships to their bodies. Additional White House trivia wraps up the volume. Ages 4–7. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The Obama family is shown on Inauguration Day, moving into the White House, and in their daily lives. On moving day, the staff planned a scavenger hunt, "to help Malia and Sasha learn their way around the 132 rooms of the grand historic mansion." Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson, also moved in to help with her grandchildren. She often accompanies them as they are driven to school by a Secret Service agent. Malia and Sasha have chores and make their own beds. Although very busy, the president and First Lady are not too busy to exercise. The girls were happy when their dog Bo arrived. The President works at a special desk made from a British ship. Michelle Obama has her own office on the other side of the White House. The family likes to eat together and share their day. At the back are facts and trivia about the White House and families who have lived there. The colored illustrations look like the family that we see in photographs. This is a nice introduction for children to what life in the White House is like for the Obamas. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5—Life in the White House captures the interest and hearts of America, and this book brings the Obama family into focus with fun details and realistic artwork. Starting with Inauguration Day, activities such as doing chores, eating dinner, and exercising show the Obamas' everyday routine. The artwork is expressive and nuanced in capturing the personalities in the family. The book ends with a statement that nicely summarizes their priorities. "For the Obamas, it's clear that just being together every day with the ones they love is the best part of all." Neat facts such as growing a garden on the South Lawn and playing with Bo the Portuguese water dog make this first family unique. Malia and Sasha are the main feature of the book, and they are shown getting to know the White House better by going on a scavenger hunt, going to school with their grandmother and secret service, and playing hide-and-seek in the hidden door and staircase. Facts about the White House and former presidents are incorporated seamlessly into the text.—Rachel Artley, Watertown Elementary School, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062183934
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 542,898
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 26 MB
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Meet the Author

Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of many books for young readers, including Michelle, also illustrated by AG Ford; Stagecoach Sal, illustrated by Carson Ellis; Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek, illustrated by John Hendrix; Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, illustrated by James Ransome and winner of the IRA Award; and Apples to Oregon, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter and winner of the Golden Kite Award. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

AG Ford is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Barack by Jonah Winter and also of Michelle and First Family by Deborah Hopkinson. He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    The Book and Illustrations are AMAZING!!!!

    This is the 3rd book that I've purchased that's been illustrated by AG Ford. This guy is absolutely phenomenal. His skill-sets really bring to life the TRUE essence of the First Family. The Book has a compelling story line that AG Ford enhanced with every stroke of his artistic ability. Overall, the book is amazing and the illustrations are unmatched. WAY TO GO & KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Good Reading and Great Art work you can enjoy

    I rarely read children books, but this one was well worth the time invested to get a idea of the great reading material, and art work that's out there for our youth. I was very pleased with the quality of the art work, and the quality of the way the story was relayed to the youth along with website information for additional research. The art work gave you a visual that left you wanting to learn more about the first family , the Dog and the white house. Thumbs up to the Illustrator and the Writer. Great work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2009

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    Great to capture kids interest in modern history

    i have read and shared this book with kids several times and its always a hit. its easy for children to follow and the artwork really captures the kids' attention to keep them interested in entertained while learning about this first time event for the nation. great story for the whole family.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Great Children's Book

    I bought this book for my nieces and nephews this Christmas. They really enjoyed it and are now even inspired to write and illustrate children's books of their own. I think it's a great inspiration to see how the First Family was introduced to their new life in the White House. The story was well written and the illustrations were superb.

    What an enjoyable way for youth to learn about History!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    Great Resource!

    Saw this at B&N when looking for a birthday present, was intrigued by the beautiful picture on the front. I stood there and read the whole thing and knew this would be a great story to read with my kids. The book gives a great look into the life of the Obama's that you normally don't see. Our whole family has enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2010

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    Great Job!

    It's so nice to have an author and illustrator take some time to create a children's book to educate kids about such a historic first family. Good Job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2009

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    First Family

    This is a beautifully illustrated book, written with meaning and understanding. I would advise any child to read it and have it in there library. I plan to start collecting all of the books for my childeren. I love being able to see the First Family on a book that is designed for the kids. Keep up the good work

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