Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Of Thee I Sing


Of Thee I Sing
By Barack Obama
Illustrated by Loren Long
Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Nonfiction picture book. Unpaged.

This book is an open letter from President Barack Obama to his children, but it is also a lesson about 13 American icons. Obama covers those who have been influential in American history, from Georgia O'Keefe to George Washington. The book starts with illustrations of Obama's daughters watching the heroes and listening to the lesson associated with each one. As each new figure is taught, they join Malia and Sasha. The final pages are full of children from all times and walks of life. It is a touching conclusion as well as a snapshot of the future of our nation.

Although this book is addressed to the littlest Obamas, it is encouraging to anyone who reads it. It's a special book meant for those who are growing up and need to know they are smart, brave, and inspirational like those who came before. The illustrations are soft and bright, and are a warm touch to Obama's hopeful words. Regardless of your political views, Of Thee I Sing is a sweet and inspiring picture book.

1 comment:

lw said...

I liked it, too.