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Grimes, Nikki

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

(4) K-3 Illustrated by Bryan Collier. A boy living in a tenement asks his mother about Barack Obama, and she tells him a simplified version of the man's life story. The text occasionally strains for lyricism, and dialogue sounds contrived ("'What is hope, Mama?' asked David"). Mixed-media double-page spreads, rich in patterns and shading, capture many introspective moments in Obama's journey. An author's note gives background. Timeline, websites. Bib.

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