Barack Obama 101: My First Presidential-Board-Book (101 My First Board Books) (英語) ボードブック – 2009/1/5
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Barack Obama 101 joins our best-selling University 101, MLB 101 and City 101 titles. The entire family can share all the memories and history of his election as the 44th President of the United States!
So there it stayed on her book shelf until my daughter rediscovered it about a month ago. And now it's one of the books she asks for by name! At first I couldn't figure out why. She has lots of other books (which she also likes) and this one seemed so boring, and it is boring, to me. But a toddler gets to see several REAL life photos of people's faces, and there are several photos per page. There is also a spread with a picture of the white house (she loves houses all of the sudden) and another page with "the presidential motorcade." That page is a real hit because it features things that go! Like the plane, helicopter and limousine that the president rides in. And then there is a world map photo on the last page which is an excellent opportunity for advanced thought and discussion with your little one.
It actually IS a good children's book. It took my child awhile to get into reading AT ALL, even though I kept trying and trying. It's INCREDIBLE that my kid lets me read ALL of the text to this book because it's not short on text by any means! Surely she doesn't even understand most of the vocabulary, but it is a great way to stimulate her brain. Perhaps she will have an easier time learning these big words when she is older, than if she had never gotten into the book.
And seriously folks, it is NOT "indoctrination" so get a grip on your loathing. The text could not be more dull, or more matter of fact. It is a dry picture book about our 44th president. And practically NO ONE would have a problem if it was the EXACT same book but featuring Grover Cleveland or Ford or someone like that. So how is this book any different??? It's a HISTORY book (for toddlers) above all else and it is surprisingly PERFECTLY age appropriate for age 0-3, in our family at least.
I admit if 8 years ago or less, if someone had given me a version of this book, but featuring Bush, it would have been given to goodwill. Because I can't stand Bush's politics (and also because I didn't even have children.) But I wouldn't have gone ranting and whining to Amazon reviews to trash talk the book itself. This style of book is a good book. To say otherwise ONLY because you hate the politics of the person (or hate the person!) featured is dishonest and a bit pathetic.