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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barack Obama Narrator: Andre Braugher Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.
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  • If Barack Obama wants to quit his day job (and maybe he might), he can probably make it as a children’s book author. Certainly, this is a beautiful package: thoughtfully conceived, handsomely illustrated and designed, and with a tight yet evocative text that brings children into the world of 13 famous Americans. Framed as a letter to his daughters (“Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?” the book begins), each double-page spread then asks a question that is exemplified by a person of note. “Have I told you that you are creative?” introduces Georgia O’Keeffe, who “helped us see big beauty in what is small: / the hardness of stone and the softness of feather.” Most of the people briefly profiled are expected names—George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, César Chávez—but there are a few outliers here as well, including Billie Holiday and Sitting Bull. As the spreads turn, other children join (the unnamed) Malia and Sasha on the question page, each embodying their own special gifts and talents. Long’s exceptional artwork has a timeless, Rockwellian quality that serves the text well, and the congregation of the children at the book’s conclusion will have readers looking and looking again. An addendum features a bit more about each person highlighted. Parents will be happy to talk to their own children about how creative or kind or strong they are and reiterate, as the president does, their place in the American family. — Ilene Cooper Booklist, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dorothea | 2/20/2014

    " I thought this was a beautiful book. It teaches children about various people in history and how the courage or strength or creativity they exhibited is part of each one of us, too. I loved the artwork and will have to look this artist up to see what else he has done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty Spanjer | 2/18/2014

    " A Children's book that talks of heroes in the US. I enjoyed it. The illustrations are wonderful also. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda Visser | 1/24/2014

    " I loved this book. I read it to my Kindergarten students. It is a treasure for any American. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Naomi | 1/24/2014

    " Cute story, but the illustrations especially of the American Indian child were not appropriate. Kids today should not see a American Indian child as a child with feathers on his head. We wear baseball caps and cowboy hats, and regular clothes just like everyone else. "

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