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Greta Olson"Through Children's Eyes is an important book. It documents the effect of Barack Obama's 2008 election on school-aged children in a number of countries to show how he has become a figure of hope and the personification of peace and an end of racism in many places around the world. The book very carefully traces differences in school-age children's and youths' reactions to Obama's election in the form of their drawings of the president and their answers to questions about how they learned about him and how he has impacted on their lives. Quite patently, the children's drawings speak volumes: In Sierra Leone a youth depicts him as a Big Man. In China, children and youth draw him, incredibly movingly, with Asian features. And in Russia, he is depicted alternatively as bringing peace between the two nations or as a figure of violence. Thus Through Children's Eyes is not undifferentiated in its analysis of the Obama effect on children in five very different nations. The book is to be highly recommended both for those interested in political education and development and those wishing to inquire into the effect of the Obama presidency beyond the provenance of the United States."
--Greta Olson, Professor at Institut f?r Anglistik, Justus-Liebig-Universitat, Giessen, Germany