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An accessible biography of the well loved and respected First Lady, Michelle Obama.

"I want you to know that we have very much in common. For nothing in my life would have predicted that I would be standing here as First Lady of the United States of America..." When Michelle Obama spoke these words in a London school, her effect on the students was overwhelming. Her inspiring words, approachable nature and wealth of experience make Michelle a much loved public figure and a role model in her own right. A child of working class parents in Chicago, Michelle became a top graduate, a lawyer and wife to President Barack Obama. Her life is a tale of extraordinary achievement against a changing society.

The past has helped to make her the woman she is today. The future is something she is now helping to shape.


In 2008 American politics saw history made as Barack Hussein Obama became not just the 44th president of the United States--he was the first African-American president of the United States. That is an accomplishment that needs to be noted. In this election we also saw the first African-American first lady in the White House--another accomplishment to note. This book relates the story of the woman behind the man in the White House. It is what my son would call a "chapter book." The author gives the story of not only Michelle Obama, but also her family and background. The book contains photos of the first lady as she grew up and in his career. Boxes called "Fact Files" give sidebar tidbits about this historic first lady. Did you know Michelle's first job at Sidley & Austin was handling the account for Barney the dinosaur? The Fact Files make references that are compared to British equivalents; looking at the front of the book shows the book is of British origin. There is no age range given, but my son in fourth grade had no trouble reading it.

John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.bookideas.com/reviews/index.cfm?fuseaction=displayReview&id=6049

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  • Paperback


    January 15, 2010


    160 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    160 pages

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