Only in America

By Carole Boston Weatherford; Robert T. Barrett (Illustrator)

Cavendish Square Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761456414, 48pp.

Publication Date: April 2010


From birth to getting elected as president, a biography told in lyrical prose.

From his childhood in Indonesia to his teenage years in Hawaii, from his father's homeland of Kenya to the halls of Harvard Law School and, later, the South Side of Chicago, Barack Obama searched for a place where he belonged. His search led him to the White House, where, as president, he would fight for "the god-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." In elegant, cadenced language, award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford provides a biographical tribute to a citizen of the world who journeyed from "Barry" to "Barack" to "Mr. President" as he found, finally, the place where he belongs. Primary source quotes from speeches are included throughout.

About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford is the acclaimed author of more than forty books, including "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom", winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award; and "Becoming Billie Holiday", winner of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. She is also the recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature. Carole lives in North Carolina and teaches at Fayetteville State University. Visit her at CBWeatherford.com.

Robert T. Barrett's work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators

in New York, the Directors Guild of America, and the National Arts

Club. His clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Random House,

and Harper Collins. He is the illustrator of a children's book on the

life of President Barack Obama and a companion book on the life of

Michelle Obama.