A book for the ages, this is a stunningly illustrated picture book edition of President Barack Obama′s historic inagural address. Artist Greg Ruth interprets Obama′s address and places it in historical context for children. The book includes the entire text of this historic address in the backmatter, as well as a short biography of President Obama.
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Barack Obama is a former senator, bestselling author, and the forty-fourth president of the United States. He was born in Hawaii, spent much of his life in Illinois, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, DC.
Greg Ruth (Illustrator) has created countless comic books for Dark Horse and other publishers, and has worked on videos for Prince and Rob Thomas, among others. He has also illustrated many children’s books as well as graphic novels. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.From Publishers Weekly:
Ruth's concluding note explains that he was electrified by the results of the 2008 presidential election and began drawing portraits of Obama, which led to this evocative picture book. The selected excerpts from Obama's speech (also printed in its entirety at the end of the book) only obliquely note the nation's current crises, but make ample use of Obama's numerous historical references: a ship approaches Ellis Island on one half of a spread, facing four slaves harvesting cotton (For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth). Dramatic washes of color are juxtaposed with Ruth's inky paintings of the president and of Americans past and present, as strong brushstrokes define their subjects while creating a tangible sense of movement. With the book's emphasis on common values and backgrounds, readers are likely to come away with a sense of pride, hope and belonging, while recognizing that freedom doesn't come without work. All ages. (Oct.)
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