chronicles the life and career of the community organizer, Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who is known for his work on voting rights and employment discrimination cases, and was selected to give the keynote address at the president.
This book gives descriptions of Obama’s emotional life growing up. It addresses how Barak dealt with the relationship he had with his father. The author presents the reader with the senator’s success and failures objectively. Throughout the book there are sidebars providing interesting insights that are not mentioned in the text. The book also includes photographs of Barack’s personal and public life experiences and relationships.
Gr 3-6-With a well-designed format and clear, concise prose, these biographies provide glimpses into the lives of their subjects. Brill's description of Obama's childhood is poignant, and the passages dealing with his relationship with his father are especially well written. The author also does a great job of presenting the senator's successes and failures impartially. On the other hand, McElroy's recounting of Gonzales's childhood occasionally becomes sentimental. Sidebars in both titles offer either brief summaries of important sections or interesting insights not mentioned in the texts. Color and black-and-white photographs of the men, beginning in childhood, include private and public-relations shots. Easy to read, factually correct, and serviceable for research.-Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX
About the author (2006)
Marlene Targ Brill has written 50 books for and about children. She holds a master's degree in early childhood education and has spent years teaching smart kids of all ages.