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FIRST POOCH: THE OBAMAS PICK A PET

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrator: Amy Bates

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children, ©2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Of all the promises a president makes, none are as imporatant as the ones he makes to his family. When Senator Barack Obama decided to run for president, he told his daughters Malia and Sasha that if he won, they could get a puppy. Through the whole campaign, they kept their eye on the prize: a new puppy. But what kind of dog? Finding the right dog wasn't easy. The First Dog has to be just the right dog. Thanks to Senator Ted Kennedy, they found the perfect dog for them. This picture book not only tells the story of Bo Diddley, the Obama's dog, but also has facts about other Presidential pooches.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: It took a long time for our daughter to read this book, mostly because she was stopping to study the expressive illustrations. She read this by herself and then insisted we read it aloud for her.

Adult Reader Reaction: We had no doubt our 8-year-old would love this book. She is a dog lover extraordinaire. Because President Obama's election is the first one she knows, the story resonated with her. She wasn't as interested in the other Presidential pets as we were. This would make a nice choice for a dormant reader, too.

Pros: In this colorful, enjoyable story, children can follow a family's journey to getting a pet, learn about different breeds of dog, and get an understanding of how a political campaign works.

Cons: None, really.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a sweet story and fun to read that should definitely be part of a school or public library. The combination of factual details and story kids can relate to make it a great selection to read.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A HOME FOR DIXIE; THE TRUE STORY OF A RESCUED PUPPY   PETS AT THE WHITE HOUSE   SNOWBALL, COME HOME!

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, family, presidents

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2010

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