I am so delighted that Barack Obama is our president and I am further delighted that my kids are old enough to be aware of him and to care about the man who leads our country. I feel fortunate that just as my kids are getting to the age when they can appreciate basic politics that we have a president like Barack Obama.
I was happy to accept MotherTalk's invitation to review The New York Times' Young Reader's Edition of Obama: The Historic Journey, in hopes that it would intrigue my kids (ages 4, 6, and 7) and make them want to learn more about our presidential system.
This is a wonderful book full of much information and some really fabulous photos. There are chapters on Obama's youth, early political life, presidential campaign, and his coming into office. There is a lot of good stuff in there. However, I think it is intended for kids a little bit older than mine. My kids liked pages such as the one below
and others that featured charts and lists. They let my kids learn some fun facts about Obama that were presented in an easy to read format. For my kids' ages, most of the pages were a little bit too dense with words.
They did like looking at the pictures. My youngest was thrilled to see that the president likes to bowl, just like he does. My oldest was fascinated by the photos from Inauguration Day.
This isn't a book that I am going to sit down and read with my kids right now, although we will look at the pictures on occasion, plus use it for reference if they have questions about the president.
But I guarantee that this is a book that is going to stay on the front of our bookshelf for a long time. And in a couple more years, I will pull it out and I will read it with my oldest son. And then a couple years after that, I will do so with my middle son. Because look how interested he is in this book—even just the cover.
This is a quality book and would make a great gift for a tween or teen who is becoming interested in politics or who wants to know more about Barack Obama. I think that especially the chapters that talk about Obama's youth and struggles could be very inspiring for young people who don't know yet that it is possible for anyone to rise to greatness.
Honesty Clause: I received a review copy of this book and will (I think—I lose track) receive a $20 gift certificate to review it. The Young Reader's Edition of Obama: The Historic Journey retails for $24.95.