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REVIEW: Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama

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Title: Of Thee I Sing

Author: Barack Obama

Illustrator: Lauren Long

Published: November 16, 2010

Theme: Identity and Love

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 6 and up | Book Level: 6.0 | Lexile Measure: 830L

Synopsis: 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 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.

My summary…

This narrative is a letter from Barack Obama to his daughters, Sasha and Malia. He leads with a character question then follows up with a person that exemplifies that character trait and details what made them significant to America.

My thoughts…

Let me just say this is no mere letter but an endearing love letter. His words are a clear expression of love as he walks the girls and the reader through character traits that personify the makeup of America. We are a diverse, cultured, and passionate people. Without all of our differences, the American experience would be very different. Obama eloquently reaches through history and presents a distinguished list of people that made a powerful impact on our county.

Long’s illustrations were quite deliberate and well thought out. They were drawn with historical accuracy and bear a striking resemblance to the real-life person. I felt as though the ages had converged right in front of me. Reading this reminded me of a few people that you don’t hear much about but their contributions helped shape who we are. Whether it’s a story of kindness, inclusion, or sacrifice we are great because of an array of diverse men and women that paved the way for each of us. That’s what makes America great today and for years to come.

My rating…

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