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Thousands of kids from around the world wrote and illustrated their hopes for President Obama in a free e-book called Dear Mr. President.” The book, organized by the National Education Association, will be sent in a hard copy to the White House for Obama to see later this year. Children from age 5 to 12 submitted more than 4,500 letters in January for the book and 150 were selected. Here are some of the submissions, according to the AP story:

Anthony Pape, 10, of DuBois, Pennsylvania, offered: “I hope that we will have no war ever again. I mean why are we fighting why can’t we all be friends.”

Fellow 10-year-old Sasha Townsend of Soquel, California, had a similar request, and then some.

“I would appreciate it if you would try to make this a greener planet and try to bring home the troops and end the war,” the fifth-grader wrote. “I am very luckey because I am not part of a military family, but it saddens me to hear about all the people who die in Iraque and know that somewhere In the world people are greiving over a lost family member.”

Seven-year-old Aaron Van Blerkom’s letter was simpler — but no less problematic.

“Dear Mr. Obama,” the Pasadena, California, first-grader began, “Please Make it rain candy!”

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