Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

By Barack Obama, Loren Long

During this soft, attractive letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a relocating tribute to 13 groundbreaking american citizens 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 characteristics of those heroes inside of his personal little ones, and inside of all of America's children.

Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by means of award-winning artist Loren lengthy straight away catch the personalities and achievements of those nice american citizens and the innocence and promise of childhood.

This appealing publication celebrates the features that unite all americans, from our nation's founders to generations to come back. it truly is concerning the strength inside each one folks to pursue our desires and forge our personal paths. it's a treasure to cherish along with your kinfolk perpetually.

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Sitting Bull used to be a Sioux medication guy who healed damaged hearts and damaged offers. it really is nice that we're assorted, he acknowledged. “For peace, it isn't useful for eagles to be crows. ” notwithstanding he used to be installed legal, his spirit soared unfastened at the plains, and his knowledge touched the generations. Have I advised you that you've your individual track? a girl named Billie vacation wore a gardenia in her hair and sang attractive blues to the realm. Her voice, jam-packed with unhappiness and pleasure, made humans suppose deeply and upload their melodies to the refrain. Have I instructed you that you're robust? a girl named Helen Keller fought her manner via lengthy, silent darkness. even though she couldn't see or listen, she taught us to examine and hear one another. by no means anticipating lifestyles to get more uncomplicated, she gave others braveness to stand their demanding situations. Have I advised you ways vital it's to honor others’ sacrifices? a girl named Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to recollect those that gave their lives within the conflict, and the Civil Rights Memorial to thank the various who fought for equality. Public areas might be full of artwork, she concept, in order that we will be able to stroll amidst it, recalling the previous and encouraged to mend the long run. Have I advised you that you're type? a lady named Jane Addams fed the bad and helped them locate jobs. She opened doorways and gave humans desire. She taught adults and invited young ones to play and chuckle and allow their spirits develop extensive. Have I advised you that you simply 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 may stroll hand in hand. He marched and he prayed and, one after the other, opened hearts and observed the beginning of his dream in us. Have I informed you that you're an explorer? a guy named Neil Armstrong used to be the 1st to stroll at the moon. He watched the area from approach up excessive and we watched his lunar touchdown leaps, which made us courageous sufficient to take our personal mammoth, daring strides. Have I advised you that you're inspiring? a guy named Cesar Chavez confirmed farmworkers their very own energy after they felt that they had none. the folks have been terrible yet labored demanding 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 informed you that you're a part of a relatives? a guy named Abraham Lincoln knew that every one of the US should still interact. He saved our state one and promised freedom to enslaved sisters and brothers. This guy of the folk, uncomplicated and undeniable, requested extra of our country—that we behave as family. Have I advised you to be proud to be American? Our first president, George Washington, believed in liberty and justice for all. His barefoot infantrymen crossed wintry rivers, forging ever on. He helped make an concept right into a new kingdom, robust and real, a rustic of rules, a rustic of electorate. Have I instructed you that the United States is made of humans of each sort? humans of all races, religions, and ideology.

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