Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Obama: The Historic Journey
I never thought I would see a black President in my lifetime. I didn't expect to see a woman come so close to becoming President but the concept is certainly plausible after last year's primaries. It's definitely a new political era, no matter where you stand on the issues. I think change is good, especially when it seems to come with a new sense of hope and possibility.
Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition is a book that captures the story of our 44th President's path to the White House. Photos and text culled from the venerable New York Times are presented in an engaging style for younger readers. (A version of Obama: The Historic Journey is also available for grown-ups.) I remember reading books like this about JFK when I was little but I don't recall any other President garnering so much adulation from the media or even from average Americans. Especially not one who grew up in Hawaii, the older brother of one of my classmates… (No, I didn't know him. He was a lot older than us!)
It is so inspiring to see young kids in the White House. It's nice to see a swingset in the yard and to watch Barack and Michelle dealing with school drop-offs and pick-ups. It definitely makes them more relatable. One of the most popular sections in Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition is "The New First Daughters." I love seeing Malia and Sasha interact with their dad because it gives me hope that he is watching over our country with the same protective, loving spirit: "If at the end of four years, just from a personal standpoint, we can say they are who they are – they remain the great joys that they are – and this hasn't created a whole bunch of problems for them, then I think we're going to feel pretty good."
Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition is a great way to share the story of the President with children and, hopefully, to let them know that if they work hard enough, anything is truly possible!
Thanks to MotherTalk for giving me the opportunity to review this book.