When we hear the name Michelle Obama it would not be unreasonable to immediately think of her as being the wife of former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. However, to think of her like this would be to do her a great injustice as Michelle is quite the lady and her story is one that is definitely worth reading.
Michelle was born into a humble, close-knit family home on the south side of Chicago. As a child she lived by the words, “Study hard and be great.” She knew the importance of education and was determined to become the best person she could be and what a person she is. The high achieving graduate, trailblazing lawyer, former First Lady and activist who advocates for women, girls, healthy eating, fitness, education and the better lives of others is an icon, an inspiration and is the ultimate in cool…
This is yet another brilliant addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series and readers get to learn about the life of Michelle Obama, a black girl who was determined to be the best that she could be even when others didn’t believe in her. From humble beginnings to Princeton to Harvard to Chicago, where she practiced as a lawyer, all the way to the White House, Michelle Obama’s journey is quite something.
There is much more to Michelle Obama than her time in the White House as the First Lady and whilst Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara acknowledges this period of Michelle’s life, much of the biography gives the reader a much better understanding of Michelle's experiences and journey outside of the White House. Vegara highlights significant childhood moments, early involvement in helping others, some of the challenges that were faced growing up and where Michelle got her drive and determination from. What comes across throughout is that Michelle Obama is an all round wonderful human being and that no matter where she was, her humble home or standing on the White House lawn, she remained true to her values and beliefs.
Delightfully illustrated with bright and bold artwork and with a story told in short and simple sentences, Michelle’s story is empowering and will hopefully inspire children to dream big and to become the very best that they can be. Michelle has achieved her dreams and she would love for nothing more than for readers to achieve their dreams too, after all, nothing is impossible. At the back of the the book there is a short overview of her life to date which includes key facts and dates and a historical timeline featuring photographs.
Recommended for 5+.
With thanks to Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the advanced reader copy that was received through NetGalley.