Wednesday, October 7, 2009

TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader - Book Review

"Whenever he can, President Obama likes to share dinner with his family. During their evening meals, the First Family has a tradition they refer to as "Thorns and Roses." They will go around the table, telling one another about something good and something bad that happened during their day." - TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader

Just a month ago, President Obama delivered a televised back-to-school address to the school children across the nation. At that time he asked them to "put in the hard work it takes to succeed." President Obama knows quite a bit about hard work and responsibility. His job requires both. Kids can read about his daily life as President of the United States in the paperback book released this week, TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader by the editors of Time for Kids Magazine.

TIME For Kids President Obama is laid out a bit like a magazine, with eye-catching color photos on each page and short text segments illustrating various parts of the President's day. The book starts with a brief introduction of his journey to the White House, the campaign trail and election day. Kids will love the informative descriptions of the White House complete with rendered drawings and a Washington, D.C. city aerial picture map. Then, going from morning to night, readers are shown behind-the-scenes aspects of the President's daily life. The morning workout, briefing, a sample daytime agenda, family time and staying up late -- President Obama leads a busy life. Besides daily life facts and tidbits, the book is chock full of educational features like a chart of all the U.S. presidents, the order of presidential succession, branches of the federal government and the Cabinet. A short quiz in the back of the book tests readers' knowledge and an alphabetical index directs readers to specific subjects.

I really can't say enough good things about this informative yet entertaining book about President Obama. I learned quite a few facts from reading it. Did you know there are 87 phone lines on board Air Force One and that President Obama receives over 40,000 letters a day! The book would make a great gift or possible collector's book for boys and girls, and I think it would be a useful educational tool for schools, especially for kids in the middle grades. It is written in such a way that even those reluctant readers should find it interesting.

On page 71 of the book, the Easter Egg Roll is featured and it shows a picture of the President reading Where the Wild Things Are at the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll on April 13, 2009. If you were wondering what it's like listening to President Obama read a children's book, check out this highly entertaining YouTube video of the event. Reading aloud is just one of the many things the President does well. "Let the wild rumpus start!" (Just in time for the movie release on the 16th.)

TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader the editors of Time for Kids Magazine. Time For Kids (October 2009); 128 pages; ISBN 9781603208291; (Ages 6-13)
Book Source: Review copy provided for free by the publisher (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Related links:
Time for Kids Website

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