Friday, July 29, 2011

of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama and illustrated by Loren Long

Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda

Five paw prints!  This story is a simple letter from a father to his daughters that he has decided to share with other families.  In this case, the father happens to be the current president of the United States.  In this letter the father talks about wonderful traits he has seen in his daughters, and he gives examples of important people in American history who have also shown these traits.  Not only are examples given, the people listed are briefly described and include explanations on how these people made others feel.  This is a beautiful book.  Not only are the words important and powerful, but the pictures are just as important.  Without these pictures, I'm not sure the words would be as powerful.  Two of my favorite pictures are about Sitting Bull and Maya Lin.  This book is an excellent example of the words and pictures working together so well that you can't imagine the words or the pictures being separate from each other.  To learn more about President Obama, visit  To learn more about Loren Long and his books, visit

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