Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Review: Obama - The Historic Journey (young reader's edition)

MotherTalk Book Reviews
recently sent me the book "Obama: The Historic Journey (young readers edition" in order to read and review it. It is written by Jill Abramson & Bill Keller and published by Callaway Publishers.

As a Canadian, I do not usually follow American politics, let alone Presidential campaigns and elections. Truth be told, I do not even follow Canadian politics all that much. However, the most recent Presidential election was historical for many reasons. Everyone around the world, including myself, was drawn to their televisions as campaigns were delivered,and finally on that historic November 4, 2008 the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was elected. Then the world again watched as President Elect Obama was sworn in during his Inauguration on January 20th, 2009.

Abramson and Keller's book allows young readers to learn all about this man, and the historic journey he and his family made. The writing is simple, yet full of information. Information in the book includes lists of favorite things of both President & First Lady Obama, information about their growing up years, their daughters, and the race to the presidency. It allows children to learn about the process of electing a president without being overwhelming.

However, my favorite part of the book is the many photos. The book is full of photos, both recent and older (of President Obama's & family growing up years). The photos show the sheer popularity of President Obama, and it was astonishing to me the magnitude of an Inauguration Ceremony. There is even a special area where children could send in their advice for the newest President of the United States.

I would definitely recommend this book to all those interested in political history, or those who are supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama. It is a great way to introduce younger readers to the world of politics.

This is a non fiction, biography/history book written for children ages 9-12 years. It is avaliable at, for Canadian readers, as well as

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