Of Thee I Sing

Of Thee I Sing

A Letter to My Daughters

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Former president Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this picture book illustrated by the award-winning Loren Long ( Otis ) that's made to be treasured!

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America's children.

Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.

This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation's founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375835278
Branch Call Number: JEN 179.9 OBA
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Long, Loren


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JuliaO_KCMO Mar 03, 2017

When we think of who we want our children to be, certain words are common -- words like smart, creative, kind, resilient. Obama simply but effectively matches those traits to a face and name, all Americans kids can admire.

LoganLib_Phoebe Feb 02, 2017

A simply beautiful book that introduces your own children to role models and real life heroes throughout history. Inspiring!

Sep 22, 2015

I would like 4 copies of this to use in my classroom.

forbesrachel Jun 08, 2015

At one time all the greats, the inspirational thinkers, artists, sportsmen, and more were children just like any other. Children represent possibilities. President Obama gives this message to not only his own daughters, but to every child. Each spread is split into two parts, the left-hand page shows the childhood forms of famous persons staring into the distance alongside each other, and Obama's two daughters. A simple statement addresses them, "Have I told you...", you can be this, or to not give up, or to show respect, referring to the example on the right-hand page. Beautiful illustrations and inspirational text sum up the importance of each person; while these are sparse in information they are supplemented by a paragraph in the back. Cesar Chavez used nonviolent means to fight for worker's rights, Sitting Bull strove for peace, Georgia O'Keeffe painted the beauty in unexpected things. While these are all examples from American history, and the book itself specifically targets American readers, its message of diversity, equality, peace, and the potential of children to create a better future is universal.

May 10, 2013

I like this book!

Jan 20, 2011

This book is great. Obama wrote it.

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