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Of Thee I Sing

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Former president Barack Obama delivers a tender, beautiful letter to his daughters in this picture book illustrated by the award-winning Loren Long (Otis) that's made to be treasured!

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 th
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Iris P
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers and parents of small children

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

Of Thee I Sing A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

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 elem
Lisa Vegan
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children & parents; for those interested in many aspects of history & historical figures
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
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
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 ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
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.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovelies
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
Eva Leger
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Harun Harahap
Seingat gue, dulu pernah baca buku ini di perpustakaan anak yang ada di Dharmawangsa Square. Ketika lagi semangat-semangatnya mencari perpustakaan yang seru untuk dikunjungi. Hari ini gue mendengarkan seseorang mendongeng cerita di buku ini di Youtube. Masih tetap menyenangkan mendengar cerita-cerita di dalam buku ini. Kalau bisa gue simpulkan, buku ini adalah hasil rangkuman profil idola Barack Obama yang ingin dia kenalkan kepada anak-anaknya. Idola yang ia harapkan menggugah mereka untuk tumb ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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 ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
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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
Rana DiOrio
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
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:] present at the scbwi 2010 Summer Conference. I was awe
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
What a great inspirational book for children!

Yes, you can be anything you set your mind to!

Loved the illustrations!
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.
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.

Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read to 10-yr-old granddaughter; she loved the book. She said "he (Barack) is a really good dad"! Going to get her J biographies on Jane Addams & Sitting Bull.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads description:

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 Lo
Lakis Fourouklas
I wasn’t planning on reading this book, but since it found its way into my hands, I thought I could just as well take a look. Besides, it’s but a short read and it took me no more than a few minutes to go through it.
So, what is it that the American president speaks or rather sings about, in this slim volume that he’s written for his daughters? Well, for the USA, of course. He starts by asking “Have I ever told you…?” and then goes on and answers the questions he poses himself, and thus teaches
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
Kelly 💜☕️
I listened to the 16 minute audio version of this and was then compelled to check out the actual book from my local library. It's a great book for kids to learn about important figures of U.S. American history. The illustrations are great and the text is very well written. Highly recommend.
Lisa Carroll
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say enough good things about this book. This beautifully illustrated picture book was wonderful to look at and the story was charming. As a parent, I often think of letters or things that I want my children to know. This is exactly the type of thing that I would like to write to my son. Praising a child for attirbutes such as being kind and strong is so important in building their self-esteem. I also loved how some of America's most important pioneers were noted and discussed. At the end ...more
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my five year old in the Marshfield Public Library this morning. I loved it. President Obama presents a very moving portrayal of America through brief biographical sketches of famous Americans, linking each person to something he wishes his daughters to learn about themselves and their country. Albert Einstein, Sitting Bull, George Washington, Helen Keller, Neil Armstrong, Jane Adams, Jackie Robinson, Caesar was all very nicely done. I may have to buy this one for ...more
Petra X
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, reviewed
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.
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.
Ana Rînceanu
A taste of history at an early age can inspire a life-long passion.
Nisa Rahmah
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, children
Have I told you that the are all a part of you?
Have told you that you are one of them,
and you are the future?
And have I told you that I love you?

Merinding, baca halaman-halaman terakhirnya T-T

Pada mulanya, saya hanya mengira bahwa ini hanyalah sekadar kumpulan orang-orang hebat yang pernah hadir ke muka bumi, yang diceritakan oleh Barack Obama untuk kedua anaknya. (Ada kisah tentang Albert Einstein, Maya Lin, Neil Armstrong, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, dan lain-lain, yang masing-masing m
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- much shorter than I anticipated (audiobook was only 15 minutes long)
- thought it would be more essay style, but it was a very poetic letter

- the Americans chosen were very diverse in terms of time period, reason for fame, gender, and race.
- would definitely read as bedtime story to young children
- loved how encouraging and affirming it was ("Have I told you that you are kind?" "Have I told you that you are creative?")

- the biography part of the 13 Americans was short and
This isn't exactly what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. (Is that ambiguous enough for you?) Instead of focusing on his daughters themselves, Obama chose to give examples of famous Americans' characteristics and how he sees them/hopes to see them in his daughters. This is more a celebration of all American children, and as such, it does a pretty darn good job. I didn't love the style of the illustrations, but I thought they did a great job of tying the book together ...more
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