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Our Enduring Spirit: President Barack Obama's First Words to America
Synopses & Reviews
On January 20, 2009, millions of people gathered at the Capitol in Washington, DC, and around televisions across the country and throughout the world to watch a new president take the oath of office. Afterward, he delivered a speech, President Barack Obama's first words to America as her leader.
These are the words that make up Our Enduring Spirit. Inspirational and honest, mindful of the past while looking ahead to the future, President Obama's address conveyed a singular vision for a country united. Brought to life in stunning paintings by acclaimed artist Greg Ruth, Our Enduring Spirit is a record of this vision and a tribute to a people with the promise, the determination, and the hope to make it so. All grades
"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at the end of the book) only obliquely note the nation's current crises, but make ample use of Obama's numerous historical references: a ship approaches Ellis Island on one half of a spread, facing four slaves harvesting cotton ('For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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.
About the Author
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.
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