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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Hardcover – Nov 16 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037583527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375835278
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1 x 31.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If Barack Obama wants to quit his day job (and maybe he might), he can probably make it as a children’s book author. Certainly, this is a beautiful package: thoughtfully conceived, handsomely illustrated and designed, and with a tight yet evocative text that brings children into the world of 13 famous Americans. Framed as a letter to his daughters (“Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?” the book begins), each double-page spread then asks a question that is exemplified by a person of note. “Have I told you that you are creative?” introduces Georgia O’Keeffe, who “helped us see big beauty in what is small: / the hardness of stone and the softness of feather.” Most of the people briefly profiled are expected names—George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, César Chávez—but there are a few outliers here as well, including Billie Holiday and Sitting Bull. As the spreads turn, other children join (the unnamed) Malia and Sasha on the question page, each embodying their own special gifts and talents. Long’s exceptional artwork has a timeless, Rockwellian quality that serves the text well, and the congregation of the children at the book’s conclusion will have readers looking and looking again. An addendum features a bit more about each person highlighted. Parents will be happy to talk to their own children about how creative or kind or strong they are and reiterate, as the president does, their place in the American family. — Ilene Cooper"—Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Barack Obama is the forty-fourth president of the United States. Born in Hawaii to a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, he himself is now the father of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. It was spending time with them that inspired him to write Of Thee I Sing.

 
About the Illustrator

Loren Long is the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved books for children, including Drummer Boy and the New York Times bestseller Otis. Born in Missouri and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he is also the illustrator of Watty Piper’s The Little Engine That Could, as well as Toy Boat, I Dream of Trains, and Wind Flyers. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Tracy, their two sons, Griffith and Graham, and their dogs, Elle and Moon.


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My husband gave me the book for Christmas. It was amazing. I truly thought it was wonderful. A great read. We are grandparents so it was nice to see a man in his position telling his children how great they are. I don't think there is enough of that these days. I would recommend it to to anyone. Thank you so much.
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This is a lovely book that celebrates many American accomplishments! The illustrations of diverse children make it wonderful.
Inspiring as all of Mr. Obama's books are!
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This must be my favourite children's book ever. It's one of a kind, wonderfully written, and should be taught in schools.
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Beautiful and inclusive. Simply impactful.
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Beautiful pictures, a joy to behold.
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