Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Of Thee I Sing - A Letter to my Daughters by Barack Obama

December 4th is the first annual "Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day."  This review is in honor of the event.

Books are wonderful holiday gifts and this year I recommend Barack Obama's of Thee I Sing - A Letter to my Daughters. President Obama wrote this book before being elected president but it has just been published in November. This short book features a brief profile of thirteen Americans that have had an impact on our lives. The brief prose and beautiful illustrations by Loren Long provide inspirational stories that children of all ages will listen to and learn from. The publisher suggests ages 3 and up.

The people represented are:
  • Georgia O'Keefe
  • Albert Einstein
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Sitting Bull
  • Billie Holiday
  • Helen Keller
  • Maya Lin
  • Jane Addams
  • Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Washington 
Each story highlights attributes that President Obama feels are important for his daughters to develop including kindness, bravery, persistence, patriotism, honoring the sacrifices of others, and creativity.

The proceeds from of Thee I Sing will go to charity -- a scholarship fund for military children with a parent who was killed or disabled. This could easily become a classic read to children for years to come – a favorite fo parents, grandparents and children alike.


Lydia Harris said...

Thanks for providing helpful information for grandparents. I'm a grandmother of five and have written a book to encourage grandparents in their important role. "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" is for grandparents at any stage of the journey. Those who tested this hands-on guidebook said it helped them become better grandparents. You can learn more about the book here: I'm trying to get the word out about this new release. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Happy Grandparenting!

Lydia Harris (aka Grandma Tea)

Mauigirl said...

He has picked some interesting people - I'll be interested in reading this myself!