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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: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307917201
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/16/2014

    " Really liked this nice story with the historical characters that were included. A lot of wholesome good lessons and values were included that all parents should try and teach their children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bambi | 12/31/2013

    " This wonderful book was a gift from "Santa" to my 1st grade son, who has already shown a interest in non-fiction books. It was a wonderful way to start a dialogue about American history - the bad parts, as well as the good stuff. The illustrations are beautiful and dream-like, and I've caught my son just looking at the pictures on more than one occasion. A fabulous book and one that the Obama girls should be proud to call "theirs". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 12/11/2013

    " Beautiful illustrations and a great message--I especially love the way they incorporated important figures from American history--but I felt the lack of any meter or rhyme scheme made it sound clunky when read aloud, as intended. As a children's book, I thought it was just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynne Betz | 12/10/2013

    " Beautiful children's book...regardless of politics. Hopeful, inspiring, diverse, and thought provoking for every parent who wants to give their children the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rey Walker | 12/5/2013

    " A nice reminder of the greatness every day Americans can achieve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 11/3/2013

    " A sweet picture book with lovely illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Jackson | 11/2/2013

    " An inspiring story with great illustrations--this book would make a great gift for children and adults alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 9/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and all of the beautiful artwork that went with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Serina | 7/12/2013

    " a very nice book in general, and then you think: wow this is a dad talking to his baby girls and it makes me cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice Cheng | 7/2/2013

    " Is it written for a political purpose? I expected something more personal from it. But I do love the illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 6/13/2013

    " A beautiful, simple letter from President Obama to his daughters about the many qualities that make America - and its people - outstanding, through many important historical figures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Vazquez | 5/27/2013

    " Adorable book. I love the fact that it points out the fact that America is made up of all different kinds if people. I think it's funny that some people believe that America is "white only". It's simply not true. Never was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelin | 11/21/2012

    " Really sweet book, really nice book of encouragement to children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 10/14/2012

    " What an incredibly moving story of love and pride in one's children and one's nation. That Barack Obama sure has a way with words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 9/26/2012

    " A good little introduction to some American leaders and innovators, even though they might not have been considered "true" Americans at the time. Interesting, isn't it, how far we have come, but we still have so far to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/23/2012

    " Beautiful book to introduce famous Black Americans to children. Proceeds from the sales go to charity. The pictures are beautiful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/2/2012

    " A powerful moving picture book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Wiggins | 1/8/2012

    " It's SO beautiful - the message is incredible, and the illustrations are to die for! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee Owen | 12/8/2011

    " Using the examples of famous Americans of all backgrounds, the President reminds his daughters (and all of our children) that we are all part of the American family, and have a place in its past and future. Very inspiring and kids will enjoy the brief histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Dean | 12/4/2011

    " This is a great book with alot of american history involved. This book can teach children how one person can make a difference in the world. It also shows how "America is made up if people of every kind." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 7/15/2011

    " Absolutely tender and the illustrations enchanting. I love our president's complete and true devotion to his family, and this letter to his girls is like a letter any devoted father would share with his children to express his love and hope for them. It left me with tears in my eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kzr0 | 6/15/2011

    " A nice reminder of the greatness every day Americans can achieve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 6/4/2011

    " A sweet picture book with lovely illustrations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia Claire | 6/4/2011

    " Of Thee I Sing is a nice picture book with wonderful illustrations. It also conveys an important message to America and it's people.

    How I wish there would be a Philippine version of this book. ^.^
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 5/29/2011

    " My daughters and I like the book, but I think it would have been better if it was actually read by President Obama. I think it's interesting the people he chose to mention in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelli | 5/26/2011

    " Letters written from our president, Barack Obama, to his daughters about people throughout history who have inspired him and how he can see some of the traits that made them great in them (his daughters). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/23/2011

    " A beautifully written children's book with gorgeous illustrations, Of Thee I Sing focuses on many great figures from American history and the simple lessons every child can learn from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 5/18/2011

    " Despite your political affiliation you will appreciate the beauty of this book that features great individuals from America's history. This is a book for all ages that shows the beauty of diversity and the value of every individual. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/14/2011

    " i liked the message of it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bennett | 5/10/2011

    " this book is really great. i just love the written letter to his daughters!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/27/2011

    " This is a fun way to look at our president. You see how he looks at his daughters and you can talk about family with you students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 4/24/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/22/2011

    " This is a beautiful book. It is a letter to the children of the future, telling them of all the wonderful people that make up America and are part of their heritage. It is not a political book, but is sort of patriotic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/21/2011

    " Very sweet letter to his children. This would be an inspiring book to share with a school age group. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 4/20/2011

    " 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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About the Author
Author Barack Obama

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He is the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. In addition to his work as a community organizer, Obama practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Obama and his wife, Michelle, have a home in Chicago’s South Side.

About the Narrator

Andre Braugher is an Emmy Award and Obie Awardwinning actor. His most recent film and television credits include Salt, Passengers, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Men of a Certain Age. He was born and raised in Chicago, earned a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Juilliard.