Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope Paperback
by Nikki Grimes
Nikki Grimes's lyrical text and Bryan Collier's distinctive collages tell the inspirational story of Barack Obama.
Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Obama has become a force for social change.
Like JFK and Martin Luther King, Obama is a link in the long chain of people who have fought so that the United States fulfils the promises upon which it was founded. Just as the baton has been passed to Obama from previous leaders, Obama is already a role model for the young people who will one day assume the mantle of leadership.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 48 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 01/12/2008
- Category: History & the past: general interest (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781416971443
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Review by mitchellmerritt
This is a biography of Barack Obama as told from a mother to her son. Born in Hawaii, graduated Columbia and Harvard, became a senetor, and later became the 44th President of the United States.All of these accomplishments were inspired by the desire to help others. I felt good reading this stoy. It is full of love and determanation. Sets a good example of self accomplishment. Stories of self discovery and achivment are always interesting to me. An extension lesson could be Presidential history. Verious pesidents such as Washington, Monroe, Teedy Rosevelt, Lincoln, and others and the impacts they had would be discussed. Determanation to be the best you can be is always a good topic. Studying the globe for the location of Kenya, Hawaii, and the United States would also be relative.
Review by DayehSensei
A beautiful book with poetic text and beautiful illustrations detailing Barack Obama's life. Students will be fully engaged with this inspiring story.
Review by Kathdavis54
A mother explains to her young son the story of Barack Obama. It is a story full of family, challenges, and hope. It gives a detailed background on the current president of America.
Review by JeneenNammar
K to 5th. Nikki Grimes and Bryan Collier powerfully represent how much Barack Obama's candidacy means to African American children in Barack Obama Son of Promise, Child of Hope. In it a boy asks his mother who the man on television is and his mother tells him by telling the story of President Obama's life. Into the biographical details, she weaves in challenges of identity and living far from his father that the President had. At the bottom of each two-page spread, we can read the boy's responses of identification with and sympathy with the story. Finally we learn, the boy is aspiring to become president too when he grows up. By these being the last words of the book, as well as his mother's response to hold him tight, Grimes and Collier distill President Obama's story to a deeply meaningful cultural point. Now African and American children can imagine themselves as president with no barriers. Collier's collage art and two page illustrations deeply collaborate with Grimes moving words. The collages of overlapping patterns and colors mirror the theme of many influences in President Obama's life. Interestingly, there is less collage and more straightforward drawing and painting in the scenes involving water- both when Barack Obama is playing with his multi-ethnic friends on a childhood Hawaiian beach, and then when he's running among people of different ethnicities by the Hudson. Possibly Collier is expressing the idea that we feel more whole and healthy when we are in whole and healthy communities. Grimes and Collier frame President Obama's story as how powerfully it impacts African American children and their dreams. This book is highly recommended for public library and school collections.
Review by LauraMcQueen
I really loved this story, not only was it about our president today, but it had a wonderful message of hope. I really loved how the author incorporated Barack's childhood into his dream. I also really liked that the story was a mother telling it to her child. It was just like it could be any mother and any child. Finally I really like the fact that they talked about how Barack was different because he was not one or the other. I like this because there are many children just like that and they all need to know that they can dream anything they want too. I would like to have this book to use in a future classroom for sure.
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