Gary Sees History-A Child's Journey by Gary Hooker Jr.

Gary Sees History-A Child's Journey

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this illustrated political memoir for kids, debut author and fifth-grader Hooker learns about politics and experiences history firsthand.

When Hooker’s mom is selected as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention, her son is less than thrilled. After all, being around for the start of fifth grade seems much more important than traveling to a boring old convention, and Hooker is doubtful that voting for America’s first black president matters since “things are better now” that Dr. King has changed the face of civil rights. He changes his mind about attending the convention after a serious talk with his parents and the promise of bringing along his friend Cameron, and before he knows it, Hooker is off to Denver for a life-changing brush with history. The city is full of new sights and sounds for Hooker, from a scary brush with protesters to crowds as big as 80,000. He and Cameron are awestruck. In spite of all the excitement, the boys must wait until the last day for the most exciting moment of all—the chance to see Barack Obama speak. As the boys await the big moment, there’s plenty to learn, including the most powerful lessons of all. Warm and educational, this book is an ideal tool for elementary lessons in current events and politics. The author’s enthusiasm for his candidate is tempered by an evenhanded, diplomatic explanation of protesters and their ability to exercise their constitutional rights. Young readers will be excited to discover that the book documents its young author’s actual experiences, and Hooker’s political engagement makes him a strong role model for a generation of future voters. Digitally minded youngsters will enjoy the accompanying DVD, which visually documents Hooker and Cameron’s trip to Denver in low-key detail. From dips in the hotel pool to footage of the convention speeches, the digital bonus brings modern history to life even beyond the book’s final pages.

A refreshing antidote to political cynicism.

ISBN: 978-0-615-57176-5
Publisher: SEE Entertainment
Program: Kirkus Indie
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2015




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