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Of Thee I Sing

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by Barack Obama (Author), Loren Long (Illustrator)

A Letter To My Daughters

If you want to inspire the young generation by portraying celebrated and highly influential and virtuous personalities, this is the way to do so.

But more so, it is a letter from a father to his daughters. Touching, moving and inspiring, this book is for all ages. Uplifting and informational at the same time, this book pays homage to individuals who have led this country on a new and exciting journey.


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The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, presents a brilliantly illustrated introduction of  13 American icons and heroes:-

1. Georgia O’Keefe – creativity

2. Albert Einstein – smarts

3. Jackie Robinson – courage

4. Sitting Bull – healer

5. Billie Holiday – singer

6. Helen Keller – strength

7. Maya Lin – honor

8. Jane Addams – kindness

9. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – perseverance, compassion

10.Neil Armstrong – explorer

11. Cesar Chavez – inspiration

12. Abraham Lincoln – togetherness, belonging

13. George Washington – justice


“Have I told you…?” begins the book and each page celebrates the life of each one of these visionaries. Each page introduces a new quality or virtue of each personality. Each page opens the door to a life that left the world a better place in a unique way.

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The illustrations are superb. The quality of the prose is poignant and the art work captures this beautifully. Loren Long captures each personality thoughtfully and in their “element”. Each page continues to gather the personalities along side of the 2 daughters and ends with a brilliant “finale” of a crowd of children amidst the 13 heroes of the book.

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Ultimately this book is about the potential of each and every child (within us) to pursue and achieve our dreams and forge our own paths. We loved reading through the book and finding ourselves wanting to know more about each of these personalities. We found ourselves talking about how each of them faced an impossible task yet they found the strength to overcome their hurdles. A brilliant non-fiction book with a brilliant message that no matter where we come from, it is important to do the best we can!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


  1. Thanks, this looks like such a beautiful book. It’s on my list of books to read, but I’ve never leafed through it. It’s great to see some of art work and to know exactly which Americans are included. I think it would make a nice addition to my blog: Kid Lit About Politics.

  2. Thanks for linking this up at The Owl’s Skull. It looks like a wonderful book. Jess (aka Alice @ The Owl’s Skull)

  3. bluestockingthinking

    I adore this book, I read it aloud every year. Long’s illustrations as some of my favorites. Have you read Mr. Peabody’s Apples?

    • reshamad

      I have to say I havent read Mr. Peabody’s Apples. But I am a big fan of Loren Long too thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jill

    I use a selection of Barack Obama’s prose in my composition course, and I think this lovely book will be a good addition to teach significant development, and, as you say, quality of prose.


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