Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

By Barack Obama, Loren Long

During this delicate, attractive letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a relocating tribute to 13 groundbreaking americans and the beliefs that experience formed our state. From the artistry of Georgia O'Keeffe, to the braveness of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the qualities of those heroes inside his personal youngsters, and inside all of America's children.

Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by way of award-winning artist Loren lengthy instantly catch the personalities and achievements of those nice americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.

This attractive ebook celebrates the features that unite all americans, from our nation's founders to generations to return. it's concerning the capability inside each one people to pursue our desires and forge our personal paths. it's a treasure to cherish along with your relations ceaselessly.

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She helped us see titanic good looks in what's small: the hardness of stone and the softness of feather. Have I advised you that you're clever? that you simply braid nice principles with mind's eye? a guy named Albert Einstein became images in his brain into enormous advances in technology, altering the realm with power and lightweight. Have I instructed you that you're courageous? a guy named Jackie Robinson performed baseball and confirmed us all the way to flip worry to recognize and admire to like. He swung his bat with the grace and energy of a lion and gave courageous goals to different dreamers. Have I advised you that you're a healer? Sitting Bull used to be a Sioux medication guy who healed damaged hearts and damaged delivers. it really is positive that we're assorted, he stated. “For peace, it's not important for eagles to be crows. ” notwithstanding he used to be installed legal, his spirit soared loose at the plains, and his knowledge touched the generations. Have I informed you that you've your personal music? a lady named Billie vacation wore a gardenia in her hair and sang attractive blues to the realm. Her voice, jam-packed with disappointment and pleasure, made humans think deeply and upload their melodies to the refrain. Have I instructed you that you're powerful? a girl named Helen Keller fought her means via lengthy, silent darkness. notwithstanding she couldn't see or listen, she taught us to examine and hear one another. by no means awaiting lifestyles to get more uncomplicated, she gave others braveness to stand their demanding situations. Have I instructed you ways very important it really is to honor others’ sacrifices? a lady named Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to recollect those that gave their lives within the warfare, and the Civil Rights Memorial to thank the numerous who fought for equality. Public areas could be choked with artwork, she proposal, in order that we will be able to stroll amidst it, recalling the prior and encouraged to mend the long run. Have I instructed you that you're type? a girl named Jane Addams fed the terrible and helped them locate jobs. She opened doorways and gave humans wish. She taught adults and invited kids to play and giggle and permit their spirits develop huge. Have I instructed you that you just don’t quit? whilst violence erupted in our country a guy named Martin Luther King Jr. taught us unyielding compassion. He gave us a dream that each one races and creeds might stroll hand in hand. He marched and he prayed and, one by one, opened hearts and observed the delivery of his dream in us. Have I advised you that you're an explorer? a guy named Neil Armstrong was once the 1st to stroll at the moon. He watched the realm from approach up excessive and we watched his lunar touchdown leaps, which made us courageous adequate to take our personal titanic, daring strides. Have I advised you that you're inspiring? a guy named Cesar Chavez confirmed farmworkers their very own strength after they felt they'd none. the folks have been bad yet labored not easy and enjoyed the land. Cesar picketed, prayed, and talked. the folks listened to their hearts and marched for his or her rights. “¡Sí se puede! ” Cesar acknowledged. “Yes, you could! ” Have I instructed you that you're a part of a kin? a guy named Abraham Lincoln knew that each one of the United States should still interact.

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