Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope   -     By: Nikki Grimes
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Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers / 2008 / Hardcover

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Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Barack Obama has become a force for social change, first as an Illinois Senator and now as candidate for President of the United States.

This first-ever picture book about Obama follows his life from Hawaii to Chicago to Indonesia to Kenya. The elements of Barack Obama's life are explored in picturesque imagery, in the loose form of a conversation between a mother and her son living in a tenement house. With watercolor & collage illustrations and poetic text, this unique story of Barack Obama will introduce children to the basic framework of his life. 40 pages.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 48
Vendor: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 10.00 X 10.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1416971440
ISBN-13: 9781416971443
Ages: 5-8

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Publisher's Description

Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.

Author Bio

NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit Nikki at Bryan Collier is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He has also illustrated Martin’s Big Words, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; Dave the Potter, for which he won the Caldecott Honor; Your Moon, My Moon; and the #1 New York Times bestselling Barack Obama. Mr. Collier lives in New York.

Publisher's Weekly

“One day Hope stopped by for a visit,” begins this biography, narrowly framed as an exchange between an African-American mother and her son. They sit together on a “frayed” sofa in a “tenement” as she tells him who “Braco-what?” is and why he is so special; at the end she blinks back tears when he tells her that he, too, wants to be president when he grows up. (Hope later talks to Barack Obama, as does God.) Grimes (Bronx Masquerade) approaches her themes with a heavy hand, starting with her treatment of race as she describes “his mama, white as whipped cream,/ his daddy, black as ink” (she gets at awe similarly: “Barry’s mom married/ a man named Lolo/ and—Oh! The wonderland/ he took Barry to: Indonesia”). Collier uses watercolor and collage, a choice he explains as a metaphor for the way Obama has “piece[d] life’s issues together to create a courageous vision for the world.” There is much to find in each composition (artfully placed photo images, batik patterns, etc.), but the illustrations often feel static and a few (like the one in which a single tear streams momentously down Obama’s cheek), stagy. Ages 5–10. (Aug.)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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    November 20, 2015
    The Teacher
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    Why, Why, Why would a Christian book store sell this product?
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    October 29, 2013
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    I am so very upset about seeing this book available at this retailer. They are usually very particular about what they sell, that it upholds their values. This book does not. As someone else pointed out, it makes Obama sound as if he was a divine soul. As a follower of Christ I am against that portrayal. Beyond the overtone of extreme love and awe for our president, it does not align with his own autobiographies! He discusses having several sexual relationships and frequent drug use in his own books (starting at least in high school). That is just the tip of things I found distasteful. I would not have my children read this and idolize him- only to find out later what kind of man he really is. This is utter trash and you'd be better off just reading his own autos to get the good and bad of a human being. NOT a being of worship. To those who reviewed saying they were grateful for the info I feel sorry and even more-so with them sharing it with young impressionable children. You should have double checked your info source. Read his AUTO!!!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 18, 2010
    Pauline Schmidt
    Beautiful poetry and gorgeous illustrations tell the biography of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    September 26, 2009
    I was floored by the Messiah-like portrayal and iconographic art stylings used to describe and show Obama in this book. The portrayals, descriptions, and even the story of his life was heavy with overt references to some sort of divine birth, etc. and I found it completely disturbing as a Christian. The only indoctrination I want my children exposed to is that that solely comes from the Bible itself, not near-sacrilegious depictions of a political figure.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 10, 2008
    Yvonne Mason
    This a very good book on child Obama. I'm very fortunate to have such information and I hope my grandson will enjoy as much as I.
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