Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition Review

As a parent, I want to educate my children on their country, the history of their country and share with them the magical moments of change that occur. Sometimes we run across a once in a lifetime opportunity to do that. A moment that changes everything!

Just this year, we were able to watch the first African-American man become President. Many said it would never happen. Some disagree with the majority decision to elect him. Regardless, this is history! And we owe it to our children and all future generations to share this momentous occasion with them.

The New York Times
has released an amazing book adapted for young children that allow us to share each moment; from the childhood of a young boy called the “skinny kid with the funny name”, through the race for candidacy, and following up to the moment of inauguration.

Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition is American history at it's best. This hard cover book contains 96 pages chocked full of pictures and quotes. Amazon.com states the reading level as ages 9 to 12, and I would agree. My daughter is 5 and it was way over her head. We had to stop reading, but I can definitely see us trying again after she is a bit older. She did enjoy looking at the pictures and asked many questions as she did so. Even I enjoyed reading this book. It gave a personal touch to the man we now call President.

I would recommend that everyone should add Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition to their library. Whether you are a homeschooling family, or someone who loves history...it doesn't matter, this book is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the amazing country we live in - where every dream can come true.

"If there's anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."
- Barack Obama; November 4, 2008

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