At only 31 pages long, Barack Obama’s third book just published is no political memoir. Written before he took office, it is a children’s book, written for his two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
“Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters” is a tribute to 13 American historical figures and heroes, from George Washington and Martin Luther King to baseball giant Jackie Robinson, who also became a civil rights symbol.
The president engages the two girls in the book, asking “Have I told you that they are all a part of you?”.
The artist Loren Long, who drew the illustrations, has also worked for Madonna.
Obama is not the first US president to write a children’s book. Theodore Roosevelt penned one before taking office, and Jimmy Carter wrote one with his daughter after leaving the White House. But he is the first to have one published during his presidency.
All proceeds from sales will go to a scholarship fund for the children of fallen or disabled soldiers.