Sunday, September 27, 2009
President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader
President Barack Obama is one of the busiest men on Earth. Time for Kids takes us inside the White House for an intimate look at a typical day for the President of the United States in their book President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader.
The book opens with a brief review of Obama's road to the White House. It clearly explains the democratic process involved in electing a President, including real examples from this particular election.
Next is an in-depth look at the White House: its history, its floor plans, and a map of the estate.
The remainder of the book introduces readers to the President's staff, fully explaining the role each one plays. We are introduced to his family and see how they spend their time. Finally, every aspect of his day is analyzed and discussed. The book emphasizes how President Obama is also a father, with two young daughters at home. This makes him seem more real and relatable to children.
What I like about this book is that it breaks down the enormous entity that is the U.S. Presidency, dissecting every little bit for total comprehension. The language is clear enough for children to understand. Vibrant, colorful photographs accompany every page, allowing for visual explanations as well. It is a book version of an well-done documentary. I do not recall seeing such a complete book recently, nor do I think many could surpass this one in excellence.
Teachers will appreciate this book for its concise and clear information that is easily applied in social studies lessons. While the intended ages are 9-12, even educators in younger grades will be able to apply the information and photographs to their lessons.
Parents can use it as a springboard for conversation at home. They can compare and contrast their own lives to that of the President, as well as discuss their children's hopes and dreams for the future. It will also make a great collector's item for those interested in commemorating this historic election.
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Andrea Coventry is a reviewer for Bookpleasures.com.