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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nikki Grimes Narrator: Nikki Grimes Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9780743597197
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Just in time for the 2012 election, a book & CD edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture-book biography of the 44th President!

Nikki Grimes’s lyrical text and Bryan Collier's distinctive collages tell the inspirational story of

President Barack Obama. Raised in Jakarta and Hawaii, Obama’s election as President represented a watershed moment in our nation's history.

Like JFK and Martin Luther King, Obama is a link in the long chain of people who have fought so that this country fulfills the promises upon which it was founded. Just as the baton has been passed to Obama from previous leaders, Obama is a role model for the young people who will one day assume the mantle of leadership, and this book will celebrate and inspire them.

This #1 New York Times bestselling book is available for the first time as a book & CD, read by author Nikki Grimes. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Inspirational…convey[s] the power of diversity to make a ‘new whole.’”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/19/2014

    " A very cute story about the life and promise of hope from our 44th president. The story tells about his life growing up as a multi-racial child to his rise to greatness. An inspiring story for all children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent for children and their parents alike. I read this to my two sons who are 8 and 9-years-old and they both loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seher Patka | 2/11/2014

    " A book about the life of Barack Obama and bringing change into the U.S. First African American president of the United States. Excellent book to read for S.S. and can be incorporated into Language Arts lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Miner | 2/9/2014

    " I bought this book at the scholastic book fair and added it to my library, but never read it myself. I am happy to have this book in my collection. I enjoy Brian Collier's illustrations, and think this book will be wonderful to have and share as a part of American History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley Mcalhany | 2/1/2014

    " Great book about Obama. It can start the discussion that everybody can be what they want to be with hard work and hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ch_charonbradley | 1/28/2014

    " A beautifully illustrated book about the 44th President of the United States. From the very beginning, he was different from most of his friends. Barack was born in Hawaii to a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya. Although his father left when Barack was two years old, he always knew love from his mother and her parents who he called Gramps and Toot. And now, this man with the strange name, becomes our 44th president. "Can we make this world a better place?" he asked and from everywhere voices echoed back, "Yes! We can!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Hankins | 1/27/2014

    " One part of my Personal Day today: Listening to Nikki Grimes reading BARACK OBAMA: SON OF PROMISE, CHILD OF HOPE. Nikki's gentle voice brings to life the story of David, a young boy from the tenements, whose mother recounts for him a story of hope that comes, hope that sustains, and hope that delivers. Based upon President Obama's book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER creates a nice "ladder" between the two books. Add to these OF THEE I SING and you'd have a nice journey message of hope. Grimes's title is beautifully re-packaged by Simon & Schuster with a CD of Nikki's reading if you've not seen this picture book before. Yes. This was a very nice way to spend part of this day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Datoria | 1/26/2014

    " (B) The is a interesting Biography of Barack Obama. I would use it for k-5th. I think that this book is just right for that age group. It was wonderful illustrations and is informative. This book would be great to integrate social studies with language arts. Since Obama biographies are plentiful, this book could be apart of a compare and contrast activity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Housholder | 1/17/2014

    " About the life of Barack Obama. Well written, little boring and a little far fetched if you ask me. Good illustrations. Too much heroification going on for my taste. Could be a little more truthful and factual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leandra | 1/1/2014

    " Lovely book to introduce young readers to President Obama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 12/28/2013

    " I'd actually give this one 1 1/2 stars. I thought the mother/child dialogue was unnecessary and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Nordmark | 11/23/2013

    " I've been reading this, nightly, to my five year old son. He likes the book. And, it is inspirational -- to him and to me. Quite the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/22/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book more. It really long and feels way too similar to Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport (partially because the illustrator is the same). This would work well for a 2nd or 3rd grader but the story ends prior to the election. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha Osborne | 10/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I even teared up at the end with happy tears. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 9/29/2013

    " A nice children's biography of our 44th president. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Whitley | 2/28/2013

    " Beautiful illustrations. Great biography about Barack Obama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 11/21/2012

    " A great book for children to learn about our new US President. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 10/11/2012

    " I learned that you can do what ever you want in life even though your African American, White, or Hispanic. My favorite saine in the book is your the bridge to hope because it's trying to say "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/30/2011

    " This is a good book to teach your kids about our current president. It has a lot of words, though, and some content (like divorce and death) that my kids aren't yet aware of or that I don't want to discuss with them yet. But if you read it selectively, it's very educational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 11/5/2011

    " This one made me cry. Oh, tear up. But at work, so it's like I cried. We cannot go backwards. Hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 7/22/2011

    " Robby and I have read this a few times for night-night and I have to say, it's really well-written. Now, do I think he understands ALL the nuanced language? No; he's three. But, it's such a great addition to his collection and I really love sharing the story with him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seher | 4/21/2011

    " A book about the life of Barack Obama and bringing change into the U.S. First African American president of the United States. Excellent book to read for S.S. and can be incorporated into Language Arts lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leandra | 4/12/2011

    " Lovely book to introduce young readers to President Obama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 4/5/2011

    " Great book about Obama. It can start the discussion that everybody can be what they want to be with hard work and hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaylin | 4/4/2011

    " Barack Obama's story from childhood with great illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeeAnn | 3/2/2011

    " Read this during the Dr. Seuss celebration with 5th graders. Very enjoyable book that shows how hope and promise can be in every day life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/28/2010

    " Biography: I thought this was good...but I think I would be wary of sharing books like this is my classroom. Only because I'm not sure that all of the facts were completely correct and I wouldn't want to be giving propaganda! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S10_Jessica | 7/7/2010

    " format: picture book
    age: elementary
    protagonist: Barack Obama "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/31/2010

    " A very cute story about the life and promise of hope from our 44th president. The story tells about his life growing up as a multi-racial child to his rise to greatness. An inspiring story for all children. "

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About the Author
Author Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin’s Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade. She lives in Corona, California.