President Obama's latest book
isn't a memoir or a political tome, but rather a tribute to 13 American icons presented to children, particularly his daughters
, Sasha and Malia.
The book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," features bold, impressionistic illustrations by Loren Long. The cover is a painting by Long of Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, along with the White House dog, Bo.
The 31-page book, for children 3 and up, will be released Tuesday by Knopf.
In it, the president asks questions of his girls while offering something of a history lesson about figures like George Washington and baseball great Jackie Robinson. The book opens with, "Have I told you lately how wonderful you are?"
According to USA Today:
A series of two-page spreads asks questions ("Have I told you that you are creative?") across from short tributes. He writes of Georgia O'Keeffe: "She helped us see big beauty in what is small: the hardness of stone and the softness of feather." His most controversial choice may be Sitting Bull, who defeated Custer at Little Bighorn: ("A Sioux medicine man who healed broken hearts and broken promises.")
The book was written before Obama became president and was part of a three-volume deal he signed in 2004, just after he was elected senator. His two other books were bestsellers: "Dreams From My Father" in 2004, and 2006's "The Audacity of Hope."
Royalties from "Of Thee I Sing" will go to a scholarship fund for children of soldiers killed or disabled.
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