Today is Day 15 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at `Two Writing Teachers“.
I`ve been doing a picture book study this month and have had to order many picture books from the library. Just by chance I ordered “Of Thee I Sing“ by Barack Obama and I am so glad I did.
I read it last night and was very impressed. It was written as a letter to his daughters and is a tribute to thirteen Americans and the traits they share with his daughters.
Creativity – Georgia O`Keefe
Smarness – Albert Einstein
Bravery – Jackie Robinson
Healing ability – Sitting Bull
Singing ability – Billie Holiday
Strength – Helen Keller
Honoring others – Maya Lin
Kindness – Jane Addams
Perseverance – martin Luther King Jr.
Being an Explorer – Neil Armstrong
Inspiring – Cesar Chavez
Inclusiveness – Abraham Lincoln
Proud American – George Washington
My favourite section was where the girls are told that America is made up of people of every kind:
`People of all races, religions and beliefs….sharing their unique gifts…to work and build upon all that is good in our nation.
The book is a testament to what makes a country or a person strong and good.
This is a book that should be given to every child and should be read and reread. This is such a positive, uplifting book, one needed to counter the soul-destroying negativity in America today.