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January 16, 2009

Obama-mania offers armloads of books for kids


"Michelle Obama, Meet the First Lady" (HarperCollins, $16.99, ages 8-12) by David Bergen Brophy.

Drawing strength from the struggles of her disabled father and hard-working mother on Chicago's South Side, Michelle Obama's life away from home as a student at predominantly white Princeton is described with a steady hand, as is her first look at her husband-to-be in "bad sport jacket and a cigarette dangling from his mouth." Brophy relies nicely on the soon-to-be first lady's own words.

"Michelle Obama, An American Story" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, ages 8-12) by David Colbert.

Feels a bit like an instant but includes 16 pages of color photos and fun facts for kids: She was the first lawyer to Barney the dinosaur. When she first met Obama, she tried to set him up on dates with her friends. One of her favorite toys as a girl was her Easy-Bake oven. She was athletic growing up but shied away from sports so as not to compete with her star athlete of a big brother.

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