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A President from Hawai'i

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A President from Hawai'i
Written by Joanna Carolan
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 076365230X
ISBN-13: 9780763652302
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A President from Hawai'i

author: Joanna Carolan

illustrator: Elizabeth Zunon

Barack Obama is the first United States President to be born in Hawai‘i, the Aloha State. A President from Hawai‘i — originally distributed exclusively in that state — explores the unique history and cultural traditions of President Obama’s birthplace. In addition to the well-known concept of aloha, it introduces such Hawaiian concepts as kokua (to help), lokahi (unity), and ohana (family), among others, and includes quotes from Barack Obama’s speeches, books, and interviews that reflect and embrace these themes.
Back matter includes a glossary.
A celebration of President Obama's ties to Hawaii highlights the state's cultural traditions and includes photos from Barack Obama's childhood.
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076365230X / 9780763652302
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Hardback
age range:
7 yrs - 10 yrs
# of pages/size:
24 / 9 3/4" x 11 5/16"
grade range:
Grade 2 - Grade 5
Biography & Autobiography; People & Places;
author’s comments:
Dr. Carolan was born in Melbourne, Australia, and moved to Hawai'i in 1977. A pediatrician in private practice on the island of Kauai since 1979, Dr. Carolan has written six other children's books with Hawaiian themes.

Joanna Carolan was born in San Francisco. Her grandparents moved to Kauai in 1967, and she spent part of her teenage years living with them in Wailua. She is an artist and owner of a studio and gallery on Kauai, Hawaii.
illustrator’s comments:
Elizabeth Zunon is the illustrator of My Hands Sing the Blues and Lala Salama.Born in New York State, she grew up on the Ivory Coast, West Africa, and now lives in upstate New York.
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