February 17, 2014

of THEE I SING: A Letter to My Daughters by President Barack Obama

In honor of President's Day I am reviewing of THEE I SING: A Letter to My Daughters by our very own president, Barack Obama. This book can be appreciated by Democrat and Republicans alike because it is a book about historical figures who made a difference in America, and more importantly it is a beautiful letter from a father to his daughters about his love for them and hope for their future. For that reason, it is sure to be a much loved American classic.

of THEE I SING highlights activists and social reformers, artists and inventors, and presidents and others that our children may or may not have heard of, but should know about. Reading the book to your children will not only educate them, but empower them, giving them confidence to want to make their own mark in this world.

In of THE I SING, Obama tells his children stories of trailblazers who remind him of their own wonderful traits - bravery, creativity and strength. He tells of artistic, political and even scientific strides made by different trailblazers from the United States and abroad. Some of the people featured are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller and Sitting Bull. He tells of their work and the extraordinary progress each made that made our world a better place.

The only criticism I have with the book is that Mahatma Gandhi should have been included because Gandhi is a great example of bravery, strength and unity; qualities represented by characters in the book; qualities of which Gandhi certainly possessed as well. Other than this exclusion, the book is historic gold, and is a great for handing down generation to generation.

Of Thee I Sing tells great stories of great leaders, and includes on the last page of the book, mini bios of each extraordinary individual's beginnings. The beautiful prose and colorful illustrations by Loren makes the book a treasure. I highly recommend it, because it is a great history lesson for children, it promotes respect for all people, and it acknowledge the contributions and gifts that all people, regardless of race, disability or religion have brought to our world, and to our lives.

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