Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama Become a leader like by Caroline Moss

This title is part of a series on accomplished women that is geared for those who are between the ages 9-12.  Other titles in the series have been about J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey and Mae Jemison.  In this one, young readers will be inspired by Michelle Obama.

The story begins when Michelle is eight and wakes up on her birthday.  Readers spend time with Michelle and her close family.  They learn about how important school was to Michelle and about her dream to follow her brother to Princeton, only for a guidance counselor to tell her that she might not be “Princeton material.” The authors talk about how this made Michelle feel and acknowledges that one cannot always listen to or believe those around them.  And, yes, Michelle made it to Princeton where she had mentors and thought big for herself.

From here the book goes on to describe Michelle’s early jobs, meeting Barack and, of course, the presidency.  Attention is paid to how Michelle found her way to programs that had meaning to her while First Lady and how she inspired others thought initiatives on areas like healthy eating.

The book ends noting Michelle’s accomplishments after the White House like her successful biography.

Throughout the book there are quotes from Ms. Obama that show her personality, dreams and strength.  The illustrations throughout are original and appealing.

At the end of the book there are tips on how to become a leader like Michelle  and a section on questions for readers to answer.  There is alps a bibliography.

This book is an excellent addition to an excellent series.  I hope that it will inspire girls to achieve all that they can and to believe in themselves.

Many thanks tho NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest reveiw.

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