Michelle

Michelle

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by Deborah Hopkinson, Ag Ford
     
 

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Smart and sure, hardworking, talented, professional and passionate, loving wife and mother, daughter, sister, friend.

This is the story of a girl from Chicago who dared to dream big, worked hard to make things happen, and grew up to be an extraordinary woman: Michelle Robinson Obama.

Deborah Hopkinson and AG Ford capture the inspiring story of

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Smart and sure, hardworking, talented, professional and passionate, loving wife and mother, daughter, sister, friend.

This is the story of a girl from Chicago who dared to dream big, worked hard to make things happen, and grew up to be an extraordinary woman: Michelle Robinson Obama.

Deborah Hopkinson and AG Ford capture the inspiring story of the first African American First Lady in this beautiful picture-book biography.

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Publishers Weekly
With a cover design that echoes that of Jonah Winter's Barack, also illustrated by Ford, this streamlined picture book–biography of the first lady feels tailor-made to pair with that title. Writing with obvious admiration for the first lady, Hopkinson (Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek) touches on Michelle's childhood years in a loving working-class family, her academic accomplishments, courtship, marriage, careers and role as devoted mother and active supporter of her husband's presidential campaign. The straightforward, accessible text at times assumes dramatic overtones, as when, on Barack Obama's election night, “this night of new beginnings, Michelle stood ready to keep working hard, to help her own children, and children and families across America, make their big dreams come true.” Ford's paintings offer likenesses of Michelle and her family, often capturing facial expressions and nuances of posture and gesture with uncanny realism. This warm, respectful portrait succeeds in presenting its subject as both inspirational and relatable. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—A glowing portrait of Michelle Obama, delivered in quiet, straightforward prose. Beginning and ending on Inauguration Day 2009, the story of Obama's life, from her childhood growing up on the south side of Chicago to her years working at the law firm where she met her future husband, is laid out. The focus here is not so much on the details, but more her strength of character and the important role that family has always played in her life. Ford's colorful paintings are uncannily accurate portrayals and have the feel of near-snapshots from various stages of Obama's life. While the style of painting pairs well with the text, there is a static quality that somehow pervades the book and sets a more formal tone. Pair this with Nikki Grimes's Barack Obama as a way to introduce the First Couple.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061827396
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet the Author

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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