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Obama: The Boy With The Biggest Dream!

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The Obama Story: The Boy With the Biggest Dream! (Great Heroes)

by T.S. Lee

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up-The Obama Story could have been a satisfactory manhwa [?] biography of the president, but it lacks certain qualities that would make it a first purchase. The full-color, computer-augmented art is bold and does an adequate job of illuminating the story of Obama’s childhood, adolescence, and rise to power. For the most part, the text is also fair. Unfortunately, there are no sources listed for the basic facts presented, and many unsupported statements are made in the guise of young Obama’s internal thoughts. The translation is also spotty, resulting in strange or even nonsensical phrasing such as,racial discrimination has been steadily improving in America,” “there is invaluable work ahead of him to start a new era,” and “A memoir of hope about Barack Obama, the ‘black gust of wind’ that has shaken the world!” These unfortunate lapses limit the usefulness and appeal of the book.–Douglas P. Davey, Halton Hills Public Library, Ontario, Canada

Product Description

Never give up! Go for your dreams! This generation’s inspirational leader has captured the world’s attention. This is the moving story of how President Barack Obama began as a timid child, discovered his identity and eventually, grew to be a world leader. The Obama Story is the inspirational story of America’s 44th President in graphic novel form. Young readers can follow along with the future president as he fends off bullies, excels at school and even makes friends with Tata– a surprise that awaits him in Indonesia! Read how you too, can dream, succeed and achieve your goals! Dreams can come true! A graphic novel for children, ages 8-12.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars The Book for my child!!, May 18, 2009

By Sally – See all my reviews

My daughter loves the President Obama I gave her for her birthday. She brought it to school and showed her friends. She spent her lunch period explaining to them why President Obama is great.

This book describes how President Obama keep his dream alive and challenged his life in such a way that children understand completely. The illustrations are good quality and Child Obama is so cute.

After each chapter, some of the people who influences [sic] President Obama are examined. This gives children even more role models to look up to. My daughter was left with the message "Don’t ever give up and keep on your dreams."

4.0 out of 5 stars The Obama Story, May 13, 2009

By James Hardison

My son loves to read comics. However, I was always worried about his reading choices being educational. When I found this book, I knew it would be a book my son and I would enjoy together.

Cartoons can easily be weak in story, but this book is rich in content. My son loves to read because it is fun. He was impressed by President Obama’s will to dream.

And you will accept the Biggest Dreams from the great boy hero Obama, or his union thugs will beat you up.

(Thanks to Eagle for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

23 Responses to “Obama: The Boy With The Biggest Dream!”

  1. catie says:

    I saw something similar in Target yesterday when I was buying back to school supplies. I couldn’t believe it. But my little 5 y/o said, “Ick there’s omammma”. The three people standing around there all laughed.

    • OvertaxedEagle says:

      very cute. sounds like my 5 year old son when he was asked in his kindergarten class who would vote for Obama/McCain – he was the only who said McCain. he also added that Obama people just want to take money from McCain people. of course this is the same boy who dances to the rush limbaugh opening music and says he loves Rush :-)

      i am sure he will not read this even if they make it mandatory in washington state for elem schools – which will probably happen.

    • neocon mom says:

      I love watching my two year old strut to the bumper music:)

  2. wstuga says:

    This has been fun, but can we bring America back?

  3. David says:

    This will be white elephant winner at my house this Christmas! Also, I am not sure that the phrase “racial discrimination is improving” is nonsensical when it Obama Jr. is saying it.

  4. jobeth says:

    This book reminds me of a volume of children’s encylopedia that in 1959 had a story of the “inspriational” Fidel Castro and the fact that he and his freedom fighters were “already doing great and wonderful” things for the people of Cuba.

    And we all know how that turned out…

  5. Right of the People says:

    “My daughter loves the President Obama I gave her for her birthday.”

    Yeah, it was a voodoo doll. All the kids had a great time stomping on it and sticking pins in it. I hope Barry could feel their pain.

    What’s next, Uncle Bammy end all prejudice, Uncle Bammy sing Kumbaya? Eccck!

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    I wonder if the book has the “if they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun” or “punch back twice as hard”???

    I wonder if the book might be dedicated to the missing school children that were killed thru abortion??? .. or to maybe congratulate the little kiddo’s that made it out of the womb???

    Just aksin’ ya’ know.

  7. Yarddog1 says:

    Tata – is this Obama’s Brer Rabbit? Uncle Remus is rolling in his grave – or perhaps rolling with laughter.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, what the book doesn’t say is that lil Barack used to call his friend “Bodacious” Tata.

  8. Paulajay says:

    And the sequel should be “How Obama’s Biggest Dreams became America’s Worst Nightmare…”

  9. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Did anyone else happen to notice that the artist of this book drew Blammo’s head disproportionately large to his body? Seems fitting.

  10. proreason says:

    Can’t they even leave THE CHILDREN alone.

    Is there any limit to the propaganda?

    • jobeth says:

      Naw…the commies always start with the kids

    • caligirl9 says:

      I guarantee if my kid had been read this book in kindergarden I’d have gone postal on the teacher, the principal, and the school board.

      Fortunately for me she’s now 25 and wise enough not to believe everything she reads. Besides, when she was five, she was more into “The Stupids” and the Goosebumps series versus propaganda like this crap.

      The artwork (if you want to call it that) looks like that Japanese amine, but softened a bit for very young children.

    • neocon mom says:

      My son, in Kindergarten, received a “handout’ from a website frequently used by public school teachers (enchantedlearning.com). Of course the students watched the inauguration at school, which I didn’t mind since it is a good civics lesson and impresses upon young citizens that we do have a peaceful transfer of power. Then they gave the kids a handout to “learn” about our new prez. This was when I wrote a letter to the teacher and principal. The handout was full of Obama campaign slogans. There was also an unfinished picture of Bamster’s face that the kids could fill in. And it was supposed to be handed back in. I told them my son would not be doing this exercise, since it contained campaign slogans. I probably could have taken it further, but since it wasn’t a big deal that he didn’t hand it in, I used it as a teachable moment for my son.

  11. caligirl9 says:

    Anyone else notice this description about this wonderful book:

    …”inspirational story of American’s 44th President in graphic novel form.”

    Is it just me, or when you hear the term “graphic novel,” you think of porn? Lots of sex scenes? Graphic violence?

  12. curvyred says:

    My children are well beyond this age – but if they were younger there is no way in heck that book would be on their reading list.

  13. greasywrench says:

    Did the book cover the chapter in Obama’s life where he dealt and used drugs? Gotta be complete and open don’t we.

    • jobeth says:

      What about the reported “love affair” with his male room mate? Is that in there? We have to be open to all life styles…(sarc) The kids need to know.

  14. canary says:

    Is the re-edited version of 4 book deals Obama signed and accepted money for after his election. Graphic? Maybe it’s all the “n, f, b, b, and Lord’s name in vein, in book. Tata was an Ape; present from step-father upon the day of Obama’s arrival in Indonesia. That very first night was an enchanting graphic evening.
    How Obama dealt with bullies.

    Dreams from my Father barack Obama
    pg 35 For a moment the bird struggled, beating its wings hard against
    the ground, a few feathers dancing up with the wind. Then it grew completely still. The man pulled the blade across the bird’s neck in a single smooth motion. Blood shot out in a long, crimson ribbon. The man stood up, holding the bird far away from his body, and suddenly tossed it high into the air. It landed with a thud, then stuggled to its feet, its head lolling grotesquely against its side, its legs pumping wildly in a wide woblly circle. I watched as the circle grew smaller, the blood trickling down to a gurgle, until finally the bird collapsed, lifeless on the grass.
    Lolo rubbed his hand across my head and told me and my mother to go wash up before dinner…chicken stew and rice, and then a dessert of red, hairy skinned fruit so sweet at the center that only a stomachache could make me stop. Later,…I listened to the crickets chirp under the moonlight and remebered the last twitch of life that I’d witnessed a few hours before. I could barely believe my good fortune.
    (same page)
    “The first thing to remember is how to protect yourself.”
    Lolo and I faced off in the backyard. A day earlier, I had shown at the house with an egg-sized lump on the side of my head. Lolo had looked up from washing his motorcycle and asked me what had happened, and I told him about my tussle with an older boy who lived down the raod. The boy had run off with my friends’s soccer ball, I said, in the middle of our game. When I chased after him, the boy picked up a rock. It wasn’t fair, I said, my voice choking with aggrievement, He had cheated.
    pg 36)Lolo had parted my hair with his fingers and silently examined the wound. “It’s not bleeding,” he said finally, before returning to his chrome.
    I thought that had ended the matter. But when he came home from the work the next day, he had with him to pairs of boxing gloves…
    (goes on about cock-fights, exorcisms stories his mother didn’t understand)
    pg 38) ….so it was to Lolo that I turned to guidance and instructions…
    pg 40) I thought for a moment. “Why was the man killed? The one you saw? ”
    “Because he was weak”
    “That’s all?”
    Lolo shrugged and rolled his pant leg back down. “That’s usually enough. Men take advantage of weakness in other men. They’re just like countries in that way. The strong man takes the weak man’s land. He makes the weak man work in his field…
    41)… But alway better to be strong yourself. Always.”
    (skip to Hawaii prestige school)
    60) There was one other child in my class, though, who reminded me of a different sort of pain. Her name was Coretta, and before my arrival she had been the only black person in our grade. She was plump and dark and didn’t seem to have many friends. …
    61) Finally, during recess one hot, cloudless day, we found ourselves occupying the same corner of the playground. I don’t remember what we said to each other, but remember that suddenly she was chasing me around the jungle gyms and swings. She was laughing brightly, and I teased her and dodged this way and that, until she finally caught me and we fell to the ground breathless. When I looked up, I saw a group of children, faceless before the glare of the sun pointing down at us.
    “Coretta’s got a boyfriend! Coretta has a boyfriend!”
    “She’s not my g-girlfriend,” I stammered. I looked to Coretta for some assistance, but she just stood there looking down at the ground.
    “Coretta’s got a boyfriend! Why don’t you kiss her, mister boyfriend?”
    “I’m not her boyfriend!” I shouted. I ran up to Coretta and gave her a slight shove; she staggered back and looked up at me, but still said nothing.
    “Leave me alone!” I shouted again. And suddenly Coretta was running, faster and faster, until she disappeared from sight. Appreciative laughs rose around me. ..
    62) My act of betrayal bought me some room from the other children….

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