Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier

David and his mother are watching TV when he asks his mother who the man being shown is. It was Barack Obama, thus leading into the mother telling her son all about him.

As readers listen in on this conversation, they will learn about Obama's childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We learn about his sadness felt when learning about his absent father, his want to help those left fortunate, and the hope that pushes him forward, day by day.

What I Thought:
This is a wonderful biography of Barack Obama for children. Grimes used Obama's book Dreams from My Father as her main resource. I think format that she uses to tell the story is excellent, it is a story within a story and this makes the story easier for children to grasp.

The illustrations are excellent, Bryan Collier uses a lot of collages within the illustrations.

The author and illustrator both include notes that give additional insight into the book.

While this book was published before Obama was elected to be president, it is a wonderful book that teaches children all about the man was sworn into office today, inauguration day.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes.

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