Earlier today, my colleague Danielle asked readers if they planned to buy President Obama’s children’s book , Of Thee I Sing. In general, the responses were divided by partisan lines.
I’m guessing that most of the folks who plan to buy the book are supporters of President Obama. But it would be a shame if politics limited the audience for this lovely book.
I have it by my side as I type and I can tell you firsthand that Of Thee I Sing is poetic and moving.
I look forward to reading it to my two daughters tonight before bed. Not only does it send an inspirational message to young people, but it’s also a joy to read. Here is an excerpt so you can see for yourself:
A woman named George O’Keefe
moved to the desert and painted petals, bone, bark.
She helped us see big beauty in what is small:
the hardness of stone and the softness of feather.
President Obama is an evocative writer with an ability to conjure up memorable images that leave a lasting impression. The stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long beautifully capture the personalities of the 13 American icons featured in the book.
From the creativity of Georgia O’Keefe to the strength of Helen Keller and the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama highlights the most important qualities he sees in his children and wishes to encourage in ours. It’s a love letter to his two girls and also to his country.
If you’re still on the fence about buying the book, keep in mind that all of the proceeds made from Of Thee I Sing will go towards a scholarship fund for children of American soldiers killed or disabled.
Now I’ll ask again: do you plan to buy Of Thee I Sing?
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