Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters, written by Barack Obama and illustrated by Loren Long is reviewed by Lindy Michaels of BookStar on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. Stop by and see her when you’re next in the Valley.
It is time to put politics aside. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, anyone who has children will, should adore this incredibly beautifully written and illustrated book. Helping a child to have self worth as they journey through life is one of the hardest jobs a parent has. In Of Thee I Sing, President Obama reinforces all the positive qualities of his daughters, as he asks them and, in fact, all the children of this country… “Have I told you that you are smart?” “Have I told you that you are kind?” “Have I told you that you are creative?”
To illustrate the answers to those and other questions, he tells of Americans who have inspired generation after generation.
“Have I told you that you are strong? A woman named Helen Keller fought her way through long, silent darkness. Though she could not see or hear, she taught us to look at and listen to each other. Never waiting for life to get easier, she gave others courage to face their challenges.”
“People of all races, religions and beliefs… sharing their unique gifts and giving us the courage to lift one another up, to keep up the fight, to work and build upon all that is good in our nation.”
So listen, children, listen.
I strongly believe this special book and its message should be passed down from our children to their children, to their children. It tells of those who have come before us that made this country a better place and by our own actions and our children’s, we should never stop trying to do the same. Of Thee I Sing is a gift for the ages.
The very versatile Lindy Michaels aims to inspire young minds through children’s literature. Lindy owned L.A.’s first children’s bookshop, OF BOOKS AND SUCH (1972-1987) where she did storytelling, taught drama to children, had art and poetry contests and the like. According to Lindy, “It was truly a ‘land of enchantment.” She also spent years lecturing on realism in children’s literature at colleges in the state. For close to five years Lindy has worked for Studio City Barnes and Noble (BookStar) in the children’s section and does storytelling every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.