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Of Thee I Sing
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Of Thee I Sing
A Letter to My Daughters
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Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this powerful picture book that makes the perfect Black History Month read-aloud.
In this poignant message to his daughters, 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, 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.
Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this powerful picture book that makes the perfect Black History Month read-aloud.
In this poignant message to his daughters, 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, 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.
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  • Barack Obama was the forty-fourth president of the United States and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope.
    Andre Braugher is an award-winning actor and audiobook narrator. He is known for Homicide: Life on the Street, The Mist, City of Angels, and Brooklyn 99. He's served as an audiobook narrator for books by James Patterson, Barack Obama, and Michael Chabon. Braugher is married to Ami Brabson and they have three children together.
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  • AudioFile Magazine A somber gospel-sounding version of "Amazing Grace" sets the tone for the sobriety of Barack Obama's remembrances of 13 well-known Americans, such as Billie Holiday, Sitting Bull, and César Ch‡vez. Andre Braugher's deep, resonant narration works well to achieve the president's intention of honoring figures who contributed significantly to the world. Braugher's pacing distinguishes each biographical sketch and defines the book's call-and-response format: Obama asks his daughters a question ("Have I told you that you are creative?") and responds to each question with the biography of a corresponding American (the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, for example). Braugher's phrasing allows listeners to experience the rhythms and rhymes of the writing and the strong word choices that make the portraits vivid and the wisdom stirring. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • Booklist, starred review

    "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"

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