First Pooch: The Obamas Pick A Pet


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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.

Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This picture book not only tells the story of Bo Diddley, the Obama's dog, but also has facts about other Presidential pooches.
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 9
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet
Author Carole Boston Weatherford
Publisher Two Lions © 2009
Illustrators Amy Bates
ISBN 9780761456360
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Animal (Nonfiction)
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