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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 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. From the Hardcover edition.


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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 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. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    This was so good it almost made me cry. Barack is talking to his children telling them how much potential they have and relating it to influential people in history like MLK and Einstein and Lincoln and Washington. I love the art work in this book and it is so inspiring. It has lifted me up. The kids liked it too only not as much as me. They gave it for stars. It is readable and engaging. It has soul in it. I have to say how much I miss this man. I miss the world feeling like it had potential. I m This was so good it almost made me cry. Barack is talking to his children telling them how much potential they have and relating it to influential people in history like MLK and Einstein and Lincoln and Washington. I love the art work in this book and it is so inspiring. It has lifted me up. The kids liked it too only not as much as me. They gave it for stars. It is readable and engaging. It has soul in it. I have to say how much I miss this man. I miss the world feeling like it had potential. I miss the safety and security I felt and the fact that every day was not full of chaos and manipulation. I miss the feeling that country was a light to the world and I am sad it feels like this is the end of our country. I don't know what will happen, but he might be our last great president. Hopefully some day, they will give him a monument in DC. He inspired millions. I enjoyed this book. It was like a security blanket. It was warm and filled with light.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    My students were very excited to read a book that President Obama wrote. This book had a really interesting and different take on educating about a lot of famous, strong individuals that made huge differences in our life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

    I took interest in this book after seeing a headline from Fox "News" that said: Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General. Since Fox is truthful and "fair and balanced" (they couldn't say that about themselves if it weren't true, could they?), I realized that all the books I had read about Native American history must be all wrong. So, Custer was not a Lieutenant Colonel like all the history books say, he was really a General; Sitting Bull didn't stay in camp during the Battle of Little I took interest in this book after seeing a headline from Fox "News" that said: Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Killed U.S. General. Since Fox is truthful and "fair and balanced" (they couldn't say that about themselves if it weren't true, could they?), I realized that all the books I had read about Native American history must be all wrong. So, Custer was not a Lieutenant Colonel like all the history books say, he was really a General; Sitting Bull didn't stay in camp during the Battle of Little Big Horn like all the history books say, he was really right there in the thick of it, and he personally dealt the mortal blow to Custer; and the death of Custer wasn't the result of native people defending their lives, liberty, culture, traditions, and families from invading forces who meant to take all of that away from them (again, as all the history books imply), instead, those ruthless Indians purposely went out of their way to kill poor innocent whites (who were just minding their own business). I am so indebted to Fox for opening my eyes about this chapter in U.S. history. Okay, I'm done with the sarcasm. I read this book at a Borders bookstore. It was short, the majority of each page consisted of illustrations that were well-done and pleasing. Each two-page spread is dedicated to someone in U.S. history who has demonstrated some noble attribute in his/her life. The words and the pictures are meant to inspire young children, and well it should.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hai Quan

    " Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense , a theft from those who are hunger but are not fed, those who are cold but are not clothed." President Eisenhower. All parents wish to provide their children with the best education within their financial ability . All parents wish to instill into their children the best characters by using themselves and other esteemed personalities as examples and role models. Therefore, it is not surprising to see " Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense , a theft from those who are hunger but are not fed, those who are cold but are not clothed." President Eisenhower. All parents wish to provide their children with the best education within their financial ability . All parents wish to instill into their children the best characters by using themselves and other esteemed personalities as examples and role models. Therefore, it is not surprising to see Obama is doing just that: Entreating his daughters to emulate people who possess great virtue , talent, ideal, vision and work ethic , who have achieved exemplified success in politic, art, sport, civil liberty advocacy, scientific research and discovery , who have contributed greatly to the betterment of the American people and in some rare cases, to humanity as a whole. As good and well as his intention and effort he has invested into Of Thee I Sing, I must point out the flaws I found in this work with the hope to PREVENT THE undesirable negative effect it might cause to all readers especially to teenagers and young adults ,the intended readership of this book. We must tell to our youths the Truth. We must tell both tributes and shortcomings of a person, even a hero/ heroine and even the characters in fairy tales. Haft truth is not TRUTH: *** Presidents who owed enslaved persons : Among dozens are the two mentioned by Obama in said book : George Washington ( owned 317 slaves) Abraham Lincoln 's Vice President Andrew Johnson ( owned half a dozen slaves). Are they good role models for his daughters? ( Source : Wikipedia as of 9/18/20) ( Evan Andrews, History , Updated 9/3/19, Original 7/19/17) *** Abraham Lincoln ," the great emancipator" allowed his generals to commit atrocities against Native American communities throughout the Civil War, leading to massacres at Sand Creek and Bear River. (Reference : *1* below) Is Lincoln a good role model for his children? WHAT did Obama do to redress the monstrous injustice that all previous administrations heaped upon the Native American ? Is praising Sitting Bull all he could do in this regard? Could he look into his children eyes and tell them he has tried his best ? Could he use himself as role model for his children in this issue ? Has he even glance at Leonard Peltier's file? Why didn't he grand this political prisoner a well deserved and half a century late Presidential clemency? WHAT lesson he wanted to teach to his daughters and their generation by his indifference to this injustice ? Ain't all politicians breath hot air as the saying goes ? I dream the illustrator L L draw a picture describing Peltier looks out from the bars of prison cell's tiny window .Obama's daughters have the right to see the whole grand scenario, not just selected , sanitized frames or video clips. What a lip service , praising Sitting Bull! What about the Sitting Bulls who are languishing in jail for the crime he never commit? ( Reference*2*) ( Reference *1* : Edward Hull, U of Hull, 8/21/17 9:22am BST. The Conversation) ( Reference*2*: Prison Writing, Leonard Peltier) *** Albert Einstein : For all of his great contributions to mankind, he has admitted he has made " one great mistake" when he signed a letter ( together with other scientists) to US President Roosevelt in 1939 urging him to develop the atomic bomb that subsequently dropped (by Satan personified Truman ) down to Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulting 200,000 casualties.( Never mind Satan personified Hirohito had broadcasted his unconditional surrender !..... Hirohito was credited with The Rape Of Nanking that snuffed out 150,000 civilian lives) ***Martin Luther King. He tirelessly fought against racial inequality and racial discrimination employed by the whites against all of the colored. It is only understandable Obama , in his book , honors King' s lifetime struggle for better treatment of the white establishment toward the colored and to tell his daughters to follow his steps. My question is : What has he done , what were his actions as a President to effect King's dreams? My suspicion is : Not much Did he realize and was informed that King was strong opponent to the Vietnam war? He even asked his fellow blacks who were mistreated by their white government to refuse to participate in killing the Vietnamese . Further, we can extrapolate that if he was still alive when Obama holds the national stewardship , he would have as strongly against the U.S invasion in foreign soils , particularly in the Middle East , AS HE WAS A STRONG OPPONENT to the U.S. invasion of Vietnam . Did Obama emulate King in his endeavor? If he didn't ( concerning Iraq and Afghanistan invasion) then why should he honor King 's life and legacy and held King highly as a beacon for his children and their generation to follow ? WHAT is this lip service and hot air? *** Maya Lin who designed the memorial for the Vietnam War Veterans. By the time Obama penned this book , the Vietnam war legacy was no longer a controversial subject anymore.There is overwhelming majority of people wordwide condemned the U.S role in this terrible tragedy. Obama must explaine this angle to his daughters and all readers at large .They are future leaders ain't they? We must tell them the dark side of this war .If we glossed over , or glamorized or romanticized this war , as Obama has done in praising Maya Lin , perhaps unintentionally, then how can OLD MISTAKE ( if in fact it was a mistake which wasn't) AND TRAGEDY be avoid of repeating? In fact , in reality this kind of "mistake" was being repeated again and again by successive administrations INCLUDING OBAMA'S .Actually he inherited the Middle East War , a mirror image of Vietnam war from previous Emperors ( Reagan and GWB Jr) and did nothing to extricate the US from this colossal mess. That leads this discussion into...... ***Parents as role models for their children and their generation. Was Obama, for all his good intention when penned this endearing love filled letter to his daughters HAS EVER THOUGHT OF using his life and work as an example for them to emulate ? Make no mistake, I am fully appreciate the mess in various fields he inherited from his predecessors .The WAR FOR OIL in the Middle East was just one example, but DID HE EVEN ATTEMPTED a pull-out , as Trump currently is trying.? ( Fox News: Trump said the PENTAGON brass wanted war to make the weapon manufacturing companies happy.) He loves his children, this book shows, no question about it.It's the very reason of this book . He tells about heroes and heroines . He hopes his daughters are inspired by them to strive for the best of their abilities. But has he himself tried with all his might to correct or at the very least, to lessen the untold casualties, destructions and miseries of the people in the Middle East and other 3rd world countries who were in the RECEIVING END of his administration's BLOODY foreign policy? How many hundred thousand of civilian casualty caused directly and indirectly by U.S. bombings , U.S. troop's search and destroy operations in the Middle Eastern countries and elsewhere under his stewardship? What lesson his kids can learn from this dirty politics? Didn't he see the blood that tainted almost every U.S.commodities ,especially gasoline? Forget about role model to his children, just take care of the trace of human blood in his family dinner dishes FIRST ! It's not too late.Many former prez have been activists ! In his retirement, he still can work for good causes, writing books like this one AIN'T ONE OF 'EM. May I suggest to bury the hatchet and extend an olive branch to Trump? The Swamp Thing are accusing the hawk Generals in Pentagon of wagging war "everywhere to make weapon manufacturers happy".....and are lower himself to the dastardly Taliban level by entreat 'em to a " brotherly" talk TO END century old bloody tangle. You may be able to do some good. Or work with the new Prez elect in the same endeavor. It is pathetic for a big ass politician to hide his bloodly claws and canines under a ill fitting cloak of a grandma and softly entreating the children to open their abode door when almost all politicians are jeered by almost everyone as crooks ( Rare exceptions exist, but I won't elaborate here) Almost every one agree that politicians and prostitutes share the same traits. It is ridiculous for 'em ex-politicians and ex-hookers to write book extolling virtues Alas, the literature scene is awashed with 'em strong ill smelled garbage the like of this innocent appeared, false-inspiring, half truth pretentious pontificating. Almost every retired big ass politicians wrote books , or bribed some hired pens to write books, beside thousands of 'em literature prostitutes who furiously trying to make some dough to write ass kissing " hail the Chief" THAT ARE DECEIVING DUMB mass , who are too stupid to know the difference. I wanna to cry! Or to throw up ! How many dazzled sleepwalker can even a little jolted after reading this review? I don't even want to ponder lest I will quit this useless gong-banging ! Final note: Young and innocent as they are, Obama daughters must be told all the truth, beautiful or ugly, as they are : Politics is dirty, bloody. Daddy is no more than a clown in this drama where the OWNER of the show kills,robs and rapes his way to wealth and glory for himself and his buddies. I am sorry daughters, be anything but politicians ! THIS BOOK IS DANGEROUS *** NOT ONLY it hides the ugly truth : Obama's foreign "policy " ain't different one bit from all of his predecessors : world hegemony. It's sounds tame , but underneath is gore : mountains of skulls, rivers of blood from many third world countries, in particular in Middle Eastern region ***BUT ALSO it's glorifies a Satan in said respect and made him to look benign : Just a first Dad's loving letter to his first Daughters , JUST A FEEL GOOD literature to make him just a terrific guy, while in fact his claws were soaked with blood. ! The book helps him to continue to deceive more people and God forbid, to sneak into the US ruling gang again in the future to repeat his sorry performance and to gain more fame and fortune. ( to be continued)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    Full disclosure: I admire Barack Obama and am particularly smitten with him as a father, with his family. I think that he has a lovely family and that he and Michelle are marvelous parents, and the girls seem like truly nice people. The concept of this book is that Obama is writing a letter to his daughters about how he feels love for them and his hopes for them, all the time educating them about people who have made a difference. It might be thanks to the illustrator, Loren Long, that this book i Full disclosure: I admire Barack Obama and am particularly smitten with him as a father, with his family. I think that he has a lovely family and that he and Michelle are marvelous parents, and the girls seem like truly nice people. The concept of this book is that Obama is writing a letter to his daughters about how he feels love for them and his hopes for them, all the time educating them about people who have made a difference. It might be thanks to the illustrator, Loren Long, that this book is ingenious in its execution. For every attribute Obama mentions (creative, smart, brave, a healer, have your own song, being strong, honoring others’ sacrifices, being kind, not giving up, an explorer, are inspiring, are part of a family, are proud to be an American) he tells a little about various people in history who exemplify those things. The people he introduces are Georgia O’Keeffe, Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson, Sitting Bull, Billie Holiday, Helen Keller, Maya Lin, Jane Addams, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Neil Armstrong, Cesar Chavez, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. (At the back of the book, there is a short biographical paragraph on each of them.) But what’s brilliant about this, aside from introducing some inspiring people, is that the illustrations show Obama’s two girls and then each of the famous people as children. As each person’s contributions are discussed, they appear with Obama’s daughters on the next page. So, the two girls are joined by more and more people, until there are many children going forward together, as each one joins the group. I found it inspiring, especially since the focus is on the diversity of people that make the country great. It’s children who are shown here, even if the accomplishments being talked about weren’t brought to fruition until their adulthoods. Some pictures of Bo, their dog, make it into the book, and I can never resist a cute dog. I am far from a raving patriot, and I often don’t like “patriotic” books, but I am fond of this book. I appreciate that the people featured made contributions in all sorts of different ways, and I admire most of them, so that probably influenced how I feel about this book. For some readers this book will be an unappealing celebrity book or too didactic or political, but I enjoyed it. The illustrations are great, showing the featured people as kids and having them come from all sort of backgrounds making all sorts of contributions will help make history come alive even for kids not normally interested in the subject. There is something here to interest almost everyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Iris P

    Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Read this at the library a couple of months ago, this short book is at once a series of history lessons and a lovely letter from this very well known author to his daughters. The book includes bios of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Billie Holiday, Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller, among others. A charming short book that can teach little children how one person can inspired millions and change the world for the better. I recommend it for e Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters Read this at the library a couple of months ago, this short book is at once a series of history lessons and a lovely letter from this very well known author to his daughters. The book includes bios of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Robinson, Billie Holiday, Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller, among others. A charming short book that can teach little children how one person can inspired millions and change the world for the better. I recommend it for elementary teachers and those with small children (the book is recommended for children as young a 6 years old). There's also an audiobook version, which I would had purchased had Obama narrated it, but they had someone else do it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    This isn't a collection of what Barrack Obama wanted to tell his daughters but rather a storybook filled with numerous great men and women who do not know much about of. These great personalities include Georgia O'Keefe for her more than lifelike art; Albert Einstein (we all know him, Ok☺️); Jackie Robinson a baseball player; Sitting Bull a Sioux medicine man; Billie Holiday who sang blues; Helen Keller (yas, we know her too🙂); Maya Lin who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Jane Addams who This isn't a collection of what Barrack Obama wanted to tell his daughters but rather a storybook filled with numerous great men and women who do not know much about of. These great personalities include Georgia O'Keefe for her more than lifelike art; Albert Einstein (we all know him, Ok☺️); Jackie Robinson a baseball player; Sitting Bull a Sioux medicine man; Billie Holiday who sang blues; Helen Keller (yas, we know her too🙂); Maya Lin who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Jane Addams who fed the poor; Martin Luther King Jr. and some more various personalities who made history. I loved the lifelike eye-popping illustrations! I just read this small book from cover to cover. I don't think I blinked my eyes enough. Now they are blurred ☺️

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Wampler

    I loved this book! It is a letter written by Barack Obama to his little girls. On each page, he begins "Do you know you are _____?" He fills in the blank with a characteristic, such as brave, strong, etc. He then talks about a famous American that also embodies this trait. It is educational, but also very sweet and heartwarming. It definitely could be used to boost children's self esteem and self confidence. This book also pertains to various social studies topics due to the use of the famous Am I loved this book! It is a letter written by Barack Obama to his little girls. On each page, he begins "Do you know you are _____?" He fills in the blank with a characteristic, such as brave, strong, etc. He then talks about a famous American that also embodies this trait. It is educational, but also very sweet and heartwarming. It definitely could be used to boost children's self esteem and self confidence. This book also pertains to various social studies topics due to the use of the famous Americans, and I love that it is written by our current president!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Sometimes less is more. And that's the case here. This simple little book has a powerful message for children and for us all. Very inspirational. It only takes a few minutes to read. The illustrations are beautiful. Sometimes less is more. And that's the case here. This simple little book has a powerful message for children and for us all. Very inspirational. It only takes a few minutes to read. The illustrations are beautiful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I tried to approach this book as simply a picture book, ignoring the "celebrity author" and Presidential status of its author. I figured that would be the fairest approach, trying not to prejudge for better or for worse. And, I ended up really enjoying it! A few phrases got a bit overly poetical or did not flow or match as perfectly as they could, but most were pitch-perfect and very touching. I really appreciate the sentiments about how children can learn from those outstanding individuals who I tried to approach this book as simply a picture book, ignoring the "celebrity author" and Presidential status of its author. I figured that would be the fairest approach, trying not to prejudge for better or for worse. And, I ended up really enjoying it! A few phrases got a bit overly poetical or did not flow or match as perfectly as they could, but most were pitch-perfect and very touching. I really appreciate the sentiments about how children can learn from those outstanding individuals who went before them and how there are so many individual traits that make a strong American--and member of the human race. The illustrations are fabulous! I love how one page shows the child-versions of the great Americans, standing beside Obama's own daughters, and how the children begin to swap the "tools of their trade" with one another, sharing their gifts and showing that we can all try new things. I feel I should point out that this book generated some controversy with the inclusion of Sitting Bull as one of the famous figures to look up to. This controversy comes from both sides as some consider the inclusion of a Native American who killed a US General to be anti-American (http://www.aolnews.com/2010/11/16/fox...) whereas Sitting Bull's great-grandson is upset that Obama misquoted his great-grandfather and further feels that Sitting Bull should not be included in a book about famous Americans in this way, "my great grandfather was never American. He was Lakota." (http://americanindiansinchildrenslite...) Some controversy also surrounds the fact that the illustration of Sitting Bull gives him the only non-human form in the book (his face is made up of mountains, trees, etc.). Personally, I am not sure I would have found anything to incite my feelings one way or the other when I read that particular segment of the book--taken in the context of the rest of the story, I think Obama was probably just trying to include a wide variety of people for children to look up to--it's blatantly obvious he is trying to be multicultural given the figures he has chosen for the book. However, I can certainly understand the perspective of Sitting Bull's grandson and do think that when the President of the United States publishes a book during his time in office, he or one of his secretaries or editors, ought to have done more thorough research to ensure that he did not offend the Lakota people. Also, the blurbs about Abraham Lincoln were quite typical with the whole "freeing the slaves" bit and not really going into the full story regarding his Emancipation Proclamation, etc. Still, all in all, I think this is a very worthwhile book to share with young people--its heart seems to be in the right place and I very much enjoyed its inspirational message, poetic style and gorgeous illustrations. Hopefully it will interest children in looking deeper into the famous persons represented here and they will gain a more thorough understanding of each person in that regard.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A survey of inspirational historical figures seems a little too pat, safe, and bland for a man who challenged us to dream big. Nice art at least. Gotta say, though, while I'm sitting in my house because I've been sent from my library jobs (with pay for now, thankfully) due to the coronavirus crisis, I surely wish Obama or a man like him were at the helm of the nation right now. A survey of inspirational historical figures seems a little too pat, safe, and bland for a man who challenged us to dream big. Nice art at least. Gotta say, though, while I'm sitting in my house because I've been sent from my library jobs (with pay for now, thankfully) due to the coronavirus crisis, I surely wish Obama or a man like him were at the helm of the nation right now.

  12. 4 out of 5

    KIKA

    This book is something special. I saw it on the rack at B&N and sat down to take a quick look. But as soon as I began reading, I knew it wasn't going to be just a quick look through. President Obama writes the book as if it were a letter to his daughters. The story or letter, as it were is lovingly written and the illustrations beautiful. Obama begins each page with "Have I told you . . ." Telling his girls how wonderful, strong, and kind they are. Subsequently highlighting a historic figure fro This book is something special. I saw it on the rack at B&N and sat down to take a quick look. But as soon as I began reading, I knew it wasn't going to be just a quick look through. President Obama writes the book as if it were a letter to his daughters. The story or letter, as it were is lovingly written and the illustrations beautiful. Obama begins each page with "Have I told you . . ." Telling his girls how wonderful, strong, and kind they are. Subsequently highlighting a historic figure from American history that emulates these characterisics. From Jackie Robinson to Abe Lincoln, I smiled and shook my head with pride as I read about each and every figure. My favorite part is at the end, after 13 strong historic figures are highlighted, he writes.. . "And have I told you that they are part of you. and You one of them." Beautiful I tell you just beautiful. It gave me such delight to read this book to my little sisters.---and to be honest to read it all on my own, many times. It warmed me to the chore. A well written book indeed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    I'm not an Obama fan. (I'm exactly whatever is the opposite of 'fan' when it comes to him.) I've seen this book in Wal-Mart for quite some time now and rolled my eyes each time. I assumed I'd know exactly what was inside. In short, a cheesy, for the media book written "for" his daughters. I expected to hate it. I expected to make fun of it. I expected that I'd never, ever, ever read it to my daughter. But it's good. And it's not just 'good'. It's 'really good'. It's almost five stars good to be e I'm not an Obama fan. (I'm exactly whatever is the opposite of 'fan' when it comes to him.) I've seen this book in Wal-Mart for quite some time now and rolled my eyes each time. I assumed I'd know exactly what was inside. In short, a cheesy, for the media book written "for" his daughters. I expected to hate it. I expected to make fun of it. I expected that I'd never, ever, ever read it to my daughter. But it's good. And it's not just 'good'. It's 'really good'. It's almost five stars good to be exact. I'm still blown away and I read this while walking around Wal-Mart yesterday afternoon. I wouldn't buy this. Unless the money went 100% to charity I wouldn't put a penny in that man's pocket. But I will check it out from the library in order to read it it Julia. I do believe it's a fantastic book for children. I liked the diversity. There aren't just black people, there aren't just white people. There are all sorts of people who did all sorts of different things. I'll admit that this is the opposite of what I expected. All in all this is a beautiful book. And after writing this I decided that it's deserving of more than four stars. I'm going to put five stars on here but it's just slightly less IMO. So, 4.5. This book just may be the best thing that man has ever done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Barnett

    I love this book! There are so many ways a teacher can use this book. I would most likely use this book in a history lesson because of the great historical references made of many inspiring historical Americans. The illustrations are beautiful. You could have your students research the people mentioned in the book as well as President Obama. In the back of the book there are a few facts about the different people mentioned in the book that have help build our country to be what it is today. This I love this book! There are so many ways a teacher can use this book. I would most likely use this book in a history lesson because of the great historical references made of many inspiring historical Americans. The illustrations are beautiful. You could have your students research the people mentioned in the book as well as President Obama. In the back of the book there are a few facts about the different people mentioned in the book that have help build our country to be what it is today. This would be a good resource for students to start their research!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Petra X is in CitizenM, Boston, coolest hotel ever

    I wonder who thought the idea of this book up? It reads like a spin-doctor's idea of a way to 'unite America' and mention loads of historically important people making sure that the selection is racially diverse. I liked the illustrations and the book was beautifully produced but the prose didn't move me at all. Maybe if I'd been an American I would have felt differently, but I'm not, I'm a West Indian and that means I'm support Obama but have no US party allegiance at all. I wonder who thought the idea of this book up? It reads like a spin-doctor's idea of a way to 'unite America' and mention loads of historically important people making sure that the selection is racially diverse. I liked the illustrations and the book was beautifully produced but the prose didn't move me at all. Maybe if I'd been an American I would have felt differently, but I'm not, I'm a West Indian and that means I'm support Obama but have no US party allegiance at all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    To check out my reviews: https://dancinginth3dark.wordpress.co... When I originally read this children's book, I wanted to make this an extravagant post about the former President during this chaotic transition of power and how I will deeply miss him and how he brought honor and respect to the role of President even though a good percentage of the country wanted to see him burn at the stake or worst. But as time has gone by and the laziness that has kicked in because of school I've decided to sim To check out my reviews: https://dancinginth3dark.wordpress.co... When I originally read this children's book, I wanted to make this an extravagant post about the former President during this chaotic transition of power and how I will deeply miss him and how he brought honor and respect to the role of President even though a good percentage of the country wanted to see him burn at the stake or worst. But as time has gone by and the laziness that has kicked in because of school I've decided to simply stick to the book and not the author. I was disappointed with this children's book for the simple fact that it is misleading and does not feel like the author actually wrote it or rather gave the idea but did not execute it well. Of Thee I Sing is a book that Barack Obama wrote in dedication to his daughters and teaching them about women empowerment and how these countless icons have helped paved the way for women especially women of color and how the roadblocks that were presented in their life did not stop them from pursuing their true potential as human beings. Obviously I am an adult so I knew plenty of details of the women that the author illustrated for this book but if I were a kid I still would not have a clue about half of these women and why are they so significant in the 21st century. I could be completely wrong but I did not feel the passion of how this book was put together and I do believe it is important for kids to read it because there is tons of individuals from all walks of life who has changed the world in one shape or form and do not get the recognition because people want to erase them from history or they do not want these individuals planting the necessary seeds in our subconscious to let us know that we can accomplish anything if we set our minds to it regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. I wish I could have given it 5 stars especially since I miss Barack Obama and despise how our current leader has brought nothing but disrespect to the Oval, to its constituents, and our country across the globe. I try to stay away from being political on Goodreads because I believe this site is the ideal place where we can share ideas and not judge those who may have contrasting ideas so I will end my review here for now.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Anze

    Of Thee I Sing is a moving letter Barack Obama writes to his daughters. Though intended for children, the message is universal. The illustrations are gorgeous and the theme relevant. For every trait that the former president attributes to his daughters, there is a notable person that best represents that trait. The simple format of the book highlights the powerful message: our individual traits are stronger working together rather than apart. A memorable book. Fun fact, Obama is the first sittin Of Thee I Sing is a moving letter Barack Obama writes to his daughters. Though intended for children, the message is universal. The illustrations are gorgeous and the theme relevant. For every trait that the former president attributes to his daughters, there is a notable person that best represents that trait. The simple format of the book highlights the powerful message: our individual traits are stronger working together rather than apart. A memorable book. Fun fact, Obama is the first sitting president to publish a children´s book and the third president to publish one at all.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lindi

    Have I told you that you are creative? Have I told you that you are smart? Have I told you that you are brave? Have I told you that you are a healer? In this letter to his daughters, Obama highlights individuals who have shaped and inspired us. Billie Holiday, Georgia O'Keefe, and Helen Keller to name a few. The love he has for his daughters, and the hope he has for future generations is as clear as ever. I miss him. Have I told you that you are creative? Have I told you that you are smart? Have I told you that you are brave? Have I told you that you are a healer? In this letter to his daughters, Obama highlights individuals who have shaped and inspired us. Billie Holiday, Georgia O'Keefe, and Helen Keller to name a few. The love he has for his daughters, and the hope he has for future generations is as clear as ever. I miss him.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cara Byrne

    "Have I told you that you are a healer?" In this picture book, Obama introduces different Americans to his daughters (including Sitting Bull, MLK Jr., & Jane Adams), while reaffirming their beauty and self-worth. It's much more a collection of brief biographies than a book about the relationship between a father and his daughters. "Have I told you that you are a healer?" In this picture book, Obama introduces different Americans to his daughters (including Sitting Bull, MLK Jr., & Jane Adams), while reaffirming their beauty and self-worth. It's much more a collection of brief biographies than a book about the relationship between a father and his daughters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rana DiOrio

    The Story: This is exactly my kind of book. It provokes meaningful discussions between parents and children, teachers and students. Who was Jackie Robinson? Why was he important to history? Who is Maya Lin? What was the significance of the Civil War? the Vietnam War? The pivotal conversations that this book evokes are innumerable. The Artwork: I had the privilege of listening to Loren Long [insert link to his site: http://www.lorenlong.com/] present at the scbwi 2010 Summer Conference. I was awe The Story: This is exactly my kind of book. It provokes meaningful discussions between parents and children, teachers and students. Who was Jackie Robinson? Why was he important to history? Who is Maya Lin? What was the significance of the Civil War? the Vietnam War? The pivotal conversations that this book evokes are innumerable. The Artwork: I had the privilege of listening to Loren Long [insert link to his site: http://www.lorenlong.com/] present at the scbwi 2010 Summer Conference. I was awed by his creative genius, and this book takes my admiration of his talent to a whole new level. He depicts many layers of nuance and conveys so much meaning through the extraordinary illustrations in this book. I was especially moved by his portrayal of Sitting Bull. The Passion: The love, respect, and admiration the author feels for his daughter is so palpable in this book that I cried as I read it to my own daughters. It is also clear how the author defines strong character and what he values most about our country by not only the heros he chooses to admire but also through his evocative word choices. The Message: The underlying message is that all of these groundbreakers were once children, just like the readers, and they hatched the ideals that shaped our great nation. The take away message to children is that they can make a difference. Dream, and then make it so. My Only Issues: My only suggestions for improvement are: (1) I wish the book was more environmentally-friendly, that is, printed on recycled paper and without a dust jacket; and (2) I wish that the author had reframed the question about being smart. Had he read Dr. Carol Dweck’s Mindset: The Psychology of Success [http://bit.ly/b78OaN], I’m sure he would have praised the amount of effort his children exude vs. how “smart” they are. The Conclusion: Buy [http://amzn.com/037583527X] or borrow this book and read it to the little pickles in your life. I will be giving it as a gift for a long time to come, and I imagine that you may do the same.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    What a great inspirational book for children! Yes, you can be anything you set your mind to! Loved the illustrations!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    Featured in a grandma reads session. You can do anything! Affirmations aplenty here, offered by our 44th President, a letter to his young daughters and every other young person inclined to hear his message. Which is: you are surrounded by wonder and people who dared to wonder and dream, reason and determine how they could move toward their wonder, and did. The sweet twist that got me was that each of the subjects approach as a youth the larger depiction of them in their full blown prime which bro Featured in a grandma reads session. You can do anything! Affirmations aplenty here, offered by our 44th President, a letter to his young daughters and every other young person inclined to hear his message. Which is: you are surrounded by wonder and people who dared to wonder and dream, reason and determine how they could move toward their wonder, and did. The sweet twist that got me was that each of the subjects approach as a youth the larger depiction of them in their full blown prime which brought to all of us as we read this book that everyone - no matter their fame or celebrity - came to their life as a child, just as every other human has. No magic to it. A baby, a toddler, a grade schooler, a teen. . . we all move through the halls of time in equal measures. A lovely read, affirming, and full of hope and love.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    Positive, uplifting and inspiring book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Readaholic Jenn

    A beautiful, touching book written by a great man.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    A beautiful tribute, by a father to his daughters, and by a man to his country. I loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    babyhippoface

    I am naturally leery of celebrity-authored books. Especially celebrity-authored picture books. So it's taken me a while to get to this one, but I am so very pleased with it. It's beautiful, really, in both the words and the illustrations. Mr. President has a way with words (like that's a surprise): Have I told you lately how wonderful you are? How the sound of your feet running from afar brings dancing rhythnms to my day? How you laugh and sunshine spills into the room? What child would not want to he I am naturally leery of celebrity-authored books. Especially celebrity-authored picture books. So it's taken me a while to get to this one, but I am so very pleased with it. It's beautiful, really, in both the words and the illustrations. Mr. President has a way with words (like that's a surprise): Have I told you lately how wonderful you are? How the sound of your feet running from afar brings dancing rhythnms to my day? How you laugh and sunshine spills into the room? What child would not want to hear those words from his father? I appreciate the inclusion of uncommon heroes for our children: Jane Addams, Billie Holiday, Maya Lin. I appreciate the fact that Obama didn't feel the need to force this into a rhyming book. I appreciate Loren Long's delicate acrylics, and the way they embody the spirit of each hero. I appreciate the dedication: "To Michelle--whose fierce love and daily good sense have nourished such wonderful daughters. --B.O." I can't imagine a more wonderful tribute to a woman from the father of her children. This is a must-have for elementary libraries, not so much for the relevance of the author in our children's lives, but for the historical and encouraging social content.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    An amazing anthology of famous, world-changing role models who can inspire and guide the future generation, never letting them forget how smart, strong, courageous, and wonderful they are. I honestly can't believe the direction our country is currently headed in, but I'm so happy and grateful that we have a book like this with which to teach our children instead of just allowing them to believe that bullies always win. Thank you, President Obama. An amazing anthology of famous, world-changing role models who can inspire and guide the future generation, never letting them forget how smart, strong, courageous, and wonderful they are. I honestly can't believe the direction our country is currently headed in, but I'm so happy and grateful that we have a book like this with which to teach our children instead of just allowing them to believe that bullies always win. Thank you, President Obama.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria Carmo

    I just loved the direct and simple way in which Barack Obama manages to tell his Daughters about 13 major figures of the USA history, at the same time as he writes them a letter which is a way of appealing to the best in them. Lovely and inspiring. Maria Carmo, Lisbon, 30 July 2017.

  29. 4 out of 5

    HG

    This is a letter Barack Obama wrote to his daughters telling them that they can do anything and highlighting the accomplishments of Americans that did amazing things.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Sometimes, you just need a beautiful book, with beautiful illustrations to remind you of hope. 5 Stars

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