Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama

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Pub Date 03 Mar 2020 | Archive Date 24 Feb 2020

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In this imaginatively illustrated book from the Work It, Girl series, discover how Michelle became an inspirational leader, FLOTUS, lawyer, author, and role model in this true story of her life. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work you can apply to your own life.

Michelle Obama grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a little bungalow with a close-knit family. She loved going to school, and she knew that, one day, she would use her voice to empower other young girls, just like her. Young Michelle was a brilliant student and wonderful daughter. With hard work and talent, she propelled herself into the universities of Princeton and Harvard. She qualified as a lawyer and life was going smoothly...Then she met a guy named Barack.

Work It, Girl is an empowering series of biographies featuring modern women in the world of work, from designers and musicians to CEOs and scientists. Each of these vibrantly illustrated books tells the story of a remarkable woman in 10 chapters that highlight transformative moments in her life, following the ups and downs that she faced on her road to success. At the end, 10 key lessons show what you can learn from these moments, and self-reflection questions help you apply these lessons to your own life. Brightly colored photo illustrations of 3-D cut paper artwork featuring inspiring quotes from these amazing women bring their stories to vivid life. Learn how to work it as you lay the foundations for your own successful career.
In this imaginatively illustrated book from the Work It, Girl series, discover how Michelle became an inspirational leader, FLOTUS, lawyer, author, and role model in this true story of her life...

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I wish I could rate this 10 stars! My nine year old daughter is so enamored of Michelle Obama. This book really kept her interested and she was able to understand it all. What a well-written and illustrated book.

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The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

"Work it, girl" is a new series of empowering biographies featuring modern women.
These biographies are short yet detailed: that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable.
I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures.
This one here is about Michelle Obama. I loved knowing about her big family, her relationship with her beloved father, her great imagination when she was at school and her respect for her mother.
Michelle's years at Princeton and Harvardwere inspirational.
I didn't know how Michelle and Barack met and started dating, so it was really cool to come to know the details.
I believe all this little book is very inspirational, and Michelle Obama is a great woman and leader.

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Another great series featuring powerful, inspirational women for kids! My daughter loved learning about Michelle Obama in this book. We will continue to check out books in this series!

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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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I thought this was a cute biography about Michelle Obama. I think kids can really understand who she is and how she is changing the world for a better place. How while she was first lady she tried and help kids all around the world to become better people and try to grow up and think they can help make a difference in the world. I think this is such a great series for children to learn about people like them and to show them that anyone can make a difference.

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Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama by Caroline Moss is a fun book for the beginner reader to learn more about Michelle Obama or a strong female role model in general. While this book is definitely informative, the main message I feel it conveys is the confidence it tries to put into the reader to be exactly who they want to be. This book encourages individuality, it encourages standing up for what you believe in, and it encourages being true to yourself. While learning about Michelle and Barack Obama was interesting, that is what really makes this book an asset for anyone that wants to teach their child important life lessons.

The illustrations were cute without being too distracting. At the end, you also find the 10 most important lessons to take away from this book as well as questions that prompt the reader to think deeper about the material as well as themselves. For anybody that wants to learn more, there are also recommendations for further reading.

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Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama is one seriously motivational tale that I'd highly recommend for young middle grade and teen readers.

Michelle Obama is a girl's girl. She is seriously cool, wickedly smart and super talented. If there's going to be an inspiring little biography of a woman, she's definitely the woman you'd want to pick! Michelle's story isn't simple and easy, but it shows that hard work can pay off. She went to law school, worked hard, and got things done! At times her life was tough, but she got through it and proved (and still proves) that women are absolutely strong and amazing! Her tale is honestly inspiring.

There's so many incredible pieces of art and so many motivational quotes in this book it's unbelievable. I would have ate this book up as a kid! It's reassuring to know there's some really powerful and strong women that kids can look up to.

The art style really stood out to me. There's lots of colours and a unique cut-out style look. I'm truly impressed by that. It stands out really well. Mix it in with the amazing quotes they outline, and it's perfect.

I can't really see any faults to this book. It is not many pages (under one hundred) but it does have a lot of words. I wouldn't recommend it for very young readers, but middle grade would be the youngest.

I'd highly recommend this book. I honestly think it's fantastic. My socks are blown off! No surprise - Michelle's the boss.

Five out of five stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books for this amazing opportunity to review this book.

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I read Becoming, and absolutely loved it so I thought I’d read this as well. It will definitely be something I pick up for my future children! She’s such an inspiration, and this tells her story in a way younger people can understand.

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Thank you to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book. I enjoyed this one as much as the one about JK. I hope to read more work from Moss. Even though I read Michelle's Obama's book "Becoming", I still felt like I learned something from this.

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I have copies of Caroline Moss’s other Work It, Girl books in my library and my students love them - they will be so excited for this new one! I love that the biography format is still kid friendly and there are eye catching and colorful illustrations to break up the text. The short chapters make the book feel more manageable to students as well. I love the spreads with important quotes and how there are reflection tips and questions at the end for readers to apply to their own lives. Another great addition to the series! Thank you, NetGalley for the ARC!

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This book was simply amazing. I found that it told the story of Michelle Obamas life so far in a detailed yet easily digestible way which is great for the age group it is aimed at. The illustrations were beautiful and helped with the story telling. I found out so much more about Michelle Obama and I would totally recommend it to everyone.

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I recently read Becoming by Michelle Obama and fell
I love with her narrative and story telling. I love reading about strong inspirational women that I somehow can relate to. So I was super happy when Netgally granted my request and went into it straight away. I was not disappointed from a new take of her story, particularly as it’s suitable for the younger audiences with out leaving important sad moments of her life. I consider very important to keep those moments as they make us who we are.
My only criticism is that I think it needed few more illustrations and perhaps activities that could follow up on her legacy as the First Lady, such as practicing a sport or doing some physical exercise or a healthy recipe even something like plant a flower or a herb would bee a great addition to the book.

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I received a free digital review copy through NetGalley. A fun, colorful overview of Michelle's life and ideals. I highly recommend this series of biographies!

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Very well written and illustrated. After reading becoming it is almost like a smaller version of it - condensed with amazing and inspiring illustrations. Highly recommend for Michelle fans. Or people that want to be inspired. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Thank you to the author and Netgally for the free review copy.

This book was definitely different than I thought it would be. I was expecting a fast easy read. What I got was loads of information and full pages with pictures (adorable pictures) and loads of text.

I can't see it being a all in one night bedtime story but I can see it inspiring children. Even myself as a adult was inspired!

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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* I read Michelle's book Becoming (Michelle Obama) and this is a really good "kids" version of it! I really like this series so far!

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Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Inspiring short book for middle school children, packed with pictures and inspiring quotes and anecdotes from Michelle Obama. Includes snippets of her life and the people who inspired her to be a strong leader. Really enjoyed it!

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The “Work It, Girl” books are amazing resources for kids. They are detailed and don’t talk down to the reader like many children’s books do.

The Michelle Obama editionn of the series did not disappoint. The narrative really puts the reader in Michelle’s shoes. The questions at the end were very thought provoking.

And, thank you, Caroline! For not focusing on Michelle’s value in relation to Barack. Thank you for letting young readers know that you can be a fully formed person BEFORE you find your partner.

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Part of the "Become a leader like..." series, this book covers Michelle Robinson, lawyer, scholar, activist, and who also happened to become married to the president of a few years back (and before he was president!). She came from quite humble beginnings and was sometimes discouraged from pursuing her dreams, but she refused to let others' opinions dictate what her goals would be or where her sights would be aimed, and she achieved every one of them that she set herself, graduating Princeton and Harvard and working in a law firm before moving into more community-spirited occupations.

She met Barack Obama in that first law firm and traveled with him to the Senate and the White House, despite having some doubts about both places! This book tells a fascinating story and makes it all the more a pity that her aversion to politics will prevent her from running for president. If she did, I do not doubt that she would win hands down without question. I commend this book as a worthy and inspiring read for young children.

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I love this kid-friendly biography of Michelle Obama! I definitely will purchase a personal copy and copies to give as gifts. The illustrations are great, and I especially love the discussion questions at the end.

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A surprising in depth yet age appropriate representation of Michelle Obama's life. I enjoyed the prompting questions posed to the reader throughout, and ESPECIALLY the 10 "How to be a leader" bullets at the end. Without glossing over Michelle's weaknesses or trials, this book does an excellent job of inspiring readers through the lie of such a determined and powerful woman.

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This book is virtually a great, simplified version of Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The author did a great job of taking the info about Michelle’s life and putting it into an easily accessible story for young readers. The book will help young people relate to Michelle, and see how leaders aren’t just magically created but work hard. The author also did a nice job of asking questions throughout the book to really help readers connect to and reflect upon the info presented.
I wish something like this had existed when I was younger, to show me that anyone - not just rich people, not just white people, not just men - can be a leader.

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Thank you Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this non-fiction book for kids I just had to request the ARC because it's the perfect motivational, inspirational book for the young kids growing up. I loved how this book is part of a bigger idea with a lot more books adding to the series. I have always had the highest respect and admiration for Michelle Obama. She is a very smart, hard-working woman who fought against perceptions and difficult circumstances in life to become who she is today. This book is a biographical account of her life from a young girl to her adulthood. We follow her journey, her struggles, life-changing events and a lot more in this book. I believe this is a children's version of her book The Becoming and it makes this story accessible to a wider audience. The story of her triumph and her journey as The First lady are all quite engaging and wonderful to read about. This book will be most suitable for middle-grade and high- school kids, especially teens who would love to have a fantastic role model to emulate and get inspired by. I would highly recommend this story to all the parents and definitely encourage your young kids to read this book as its highly beneficial and the book has cool illustrations which are an added bonus. I gave this book 5 stars and I hope to get to other books as well that are part of this series in the future.

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Wow! I loved this biography.

Not only does it tell the story of Michelle's life from the beginning but it also helps you get right into her mind. We understand her philosophy in life; what makes her tick, enabling the reader to get a true picture of who the woman beside the President actually is.
The book is littered with quotes from Michelle, which I absolutely adore and would gladly put them in my classroom to share with my children.
I thought this book was an inspiration and even helped me become more understanding of what she has been through in order to become the woman she is today.

Love, love, loved it!

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This is an inspirational book about Michelle Obama and it has lots of great illustrations in it. It shows that one can get far if one really wants to.

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The book is beautiful and simplified version of Michelle Obama's Becoming, for the young readers among us. The author and illustrator did a great job of taking important information related to Michelle Obama's life and putting it here in very subtle yet understandable way. The author also did a great job of letting the readers have a thought and ponder upon the things they have read in between the reading. The illustrations were really colourful and vibrant to match with the children's idea. Really cute book! Adored it! It would make a perfect gift for a child :)

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I loved illustrations in this book.The story of Michelle is already very inspiring and it should be told and what better way than this amazing book .

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This children’s book is about Michelle Obama’s life. The first half of the book covers her childhood and young adult life. She was very focused on school and continued to follow her dream of going to Princeton, even when her school councilors said she wouldn’t get in. In the second half of the book, Michelle meets Barack Obama and they raise their family.

I didn’t know anything about Michelle Obama’s childhood, so it was interesting to learn about her. She is even more inspiring after hearing that she was discouraged from following her dreams, but succeeded anyway. This book has made me want to read her memoir, Becoming.

The books in this series are beautifully illustrated. The graphics look like cut out pieces of paper, layered to make pictures. That technique makes the pages look textured. The illustrations are brightly covered, which is uplifting.

I really enjoyed this book!

Thank you Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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This is a perfect children's version of Michelle's adult biography Becoming. This book includes many of the struggles and achievements Michelle had growing up but told in an age appropriate way. The including of lots of inspirational quotes on beautifully illustrated pages was another wonderful touch within this book. This is perfect for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the inspirational Michelle Obama. I love this!

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Work It, Girl: Michelle Obama by Caroline Moss was a "Bright and wonderful illustrated book". It may be a small book about Michelle Obama who is a very strong woman and a role model for so many people. But full of so many things about her.
This book tells the story of Michelle Obama life, where she was born etc...........I loved it it was a Happy book full of Michelle's big smile.

I'd highly recommend for young middle grade and teen readers.

Big Thank you Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

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I thought this was a cute little story of Michelle Obama’s life. I thought it was fun and easy to understand for younger readers. The art was colorful and interesting. I do feel like some of the writing was talking down to the reader instead of talking to the reader on their own level. I did like the little extras in the back and the further reading suggestions. Overall, really cute!

*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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I love this book. Heartfelt, empowering, and courageous. This title encourages girls of all ages to be the best she can be.

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"You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage.
Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing
and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages."

Michelle is such an inspirational woman. I absolutely look up to her.

Definetely gonna purchase this book for myself (and my future children).

The art was stunning, beautiful and colorful and the whole writing was on point.

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