I like my job at Bloomsbury. Even amidst crazy deadlines and hefty workloads, I enjoy going to an office three days a week to help keep the machine running. Every now and then a random treat pops up on my desk from a mysterious stranger — even more incentive! Last Thursday that treat was, YES WE CAN, a biography of Barack Obama, by Garen Thomas, published by Feiwel and Friends.
“WE NOW LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL YOU CAN SELL IS KNOWLEDGE.”
I am already in love with Barack Obama and contribute to his campaign regularly. This book makes me fall even more. It is a book for children about Barack Obama, his childhood, his inspirational words, and his road to the presidency. At 224 pages, it will be a quick read for adults, and an informative one for kids. Nestled within the written facts are also a family tree, maps, childhood photos, and powerful quotes paired with campaign trail photos. Just flipping through the pages made my heart race a bit.
*The book is authored by Garen Thomas who worked as an editor in children’s book publishing for more than a decade, editing numerous notable children’s picture books and novels, including Carole Boston Weatherford’s Caldecott Honor BookMoses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson; Nelson’s We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball; and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, by Julius Lester. She continues to act as a consultant and children’s books editor on a freelance basis while working on her own writing and film projects. She holds an A.B. from Harvard University.
EllieFebruary 10, 2009
Nice job! Keep working on it!
Florida Hunting GuyJuly 2, 2009
is this suppose to enlighten or inspire young people?
adminJuly 3, 2009
A bit of both I suppose. Though largely biographical, it is designed with quotes and photographs as chapter dividers.
honeyAugust 27, 2010
may i know the year & place of this book was published??
because my lecturer had assigned us to search for the someone’s biography for the purpose of citation learning.
thank u if u can help me.
ShadraAugust 28, 2010
Hi, the book was published Dec. 12, 2008. http://www.amazon.com/Yes-We-Can-Biography-President/dp/0312586396/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283009642&sr=8-2