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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Hardcover – November 16, 2010
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You Are Part of a Family
You Have Your Own Song
You Are a Healer
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Top Customer Reviews
I hope that everyone will note that President Obama wrote this book before he was in office and that 100% of the profits are being donated to a charity for the children of disabled veterans. I think it is a hard heart indeed that could not agree that this is a beautiful book being sold for a good cause.
While the text is sparse, the President has a nice turn of phrase and the accompanying artwork by Loren Long is simply wonderful. Best of all, though, is the subject, which offers a great jumping off point for parents to talk to their children, not only about the people profiled, but of their own talents and opportunities and of the importance of contributing to society.
I have something of a love affair with cover art and I just want to note that the cover of this book really appeals to me. The image of two young girls (Sasha and Malia Obama with their dog, Bo, but representative of all children) marching along with a spring in their step beautifully conveys an air of optimism and confidence - two things I long to see in all children and that our country could use more of at this time.
At the back of the book is a little more about each person represented in the book so that, hopefully, an interest in learning even more might be fostered.
The people represented are:
Dr. Martin Luther King
& George Washington
The attributes honored include kindness, bravery, persistence, patriotism, honoring the sacrifices of others, and creativity.
Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?
How the sound of your feet
running from afar
brings dancing rhythms to my day?
How you laugh
and sunshine spills into the room?
Award-winning Loren Long did an amazing job illustrating President Barack Obama's meaningful words. His artwork is simply sensational, and begins with Malia and Sasha standing by themselves when their father first asks, "Have I told you?". As Barack Obama teaches his daughters of a these amazing Americans, the visuals quickly turn into the girls standing with children that reflect the strengths of the American figures previously mentioned. The illustration concept is not only heartwarming but genius, and I found myself excited to view the upcoming pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written and illustrated. A very inspirational book for young people.Published 3 days ago by Jim Wildman
Perfect for reading to my class. Will use again and again to learn about great Americans and to teach kids to believe in themselves.Published 9 days ago by Penny S. Whaley
Great book for young girls. Illustrations are colorful and vibrant. The message overall is positive and uplifting.Published 13 days ago by Renee Danielson
A great kids-friendly book written by our first and very popular black president. Arrived early and is hard-bound, pretty illustrations and teach your kids the achievements of all... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Myla
It sparked some great conversations about race, strength and life/death with my four year old. It was such an authentic way to talk about these important issues.Published 2 months ago by JoannaDix
This illustrated book presents American people who contributed in the progress and development of the world. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bienvenu Akodigna
Delightful illustrations and a positive story for all young women and girls.Published 3 months ago by IndyDMan