Obama`s kiddie book rolls out

Washington: US President Barack Obama`s first children`s book arrives in stores Tuesday, bringing a light-hearted accent into his days of political and economic travail.
‘Of Thee I Sing’, aimed at children aged three and up, features a drawing of his daughters Sasha, nine, and Malia, 12, spunkily striding across the lawn with their portuguese water dog Bo - a popular and oft-photographed view of the White House children.

The book, which Obama dedicates to his wife, Michelle, is written as a playful letter to his children, telling of 13 "groundbreaking" Americans, according to advance reviews of the book.

They include artist Georgia O`Keeffe, scientist Albert Einstein, baseball player Jackie Robinson and the defiant Sioux chief Sitting Bull.

Obama`s two previous books – ‘Dreams From My Father’ and ‘Audacity of Hope’ - were best-sellers, netting him more than $5 million. The proceeds from ‘Of Thee I Sing’ will be used to set up a scholarship fund for children of soldiers who have been killed or disabled.

The title, ‘Of Thee I Sing’, is a phrase taken from the patriotic American hymn ‘My Country, `Tis of Thee’, sung ironically to the tune of Britain`s ‘God Save the Queen’.

Obama`s Democratic Party took a beating in mid-term legislative elections earlier this month as he struggles to rev up the US economy and end two wars.