BARACK by Jonah Winter and illustrated by AG Ford

February 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

barackThis introductory picture book traces Barack Obama’s childhood in Indonesia, return to Hawaii to live with loving grandparents, through college, his days in Chicago helping poor people and his presidential candidacy.  The simple text nicely explains Obama’s biracial heritage, and emphasizes his life journey, repeating the questions “Who am I?” and “Where do I belong?”  Written before the election, it’s already a bit outdated.  AG Ford’s paintings convey a message of hope.  Heartfelt and inspiring, if a bit adulatory, this is still a worthwhile introduction to our new president for young readers and a good read aloud for preschoolers. 

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Additional, Diane McCrink (Yonkers Will)

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