President Barack Obama Speaks of Timeless Truths, Says Magic Picture Frame Author Michael Class

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Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame Offers Moral Lessons for Our Time: "It's Time to Remember the Truth and Share It with Our Children."

It's not an easy book

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009, in his inaugural address, President Barack Obama said: "Our challenges may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded, then, is a return to these truths."

Those words hit home for Michael Class, author of Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame, the new American history book for young Americans. It's a history book with a message.

"When Barack Obama emphasized this in his inaugural address, I was filled with hope for our future," says Class. "Was it just political rhetoric? I hope not. To me, these are timeless truths. And I agree: It's time to remember these truths and share them with our children. I made these truths - these moral lessons - the central messages of my new history book for young Americans."

In his book, the author's real-life son, twelve-year-old Anthony, steps through a Magic Picture Frame and time-travels into the great events of the 20th Century. Advanced digital photography places Anthony in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis with Charles Lindbergh, on the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in the laboratories of Thomas Edison and Jonas Salk, and on Normandy beach on D-Day. Anthony "meets" and "talks with" Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, FDR, Lou Gehrig, Charles Lindbergh, Audie Murphy, Holocaust survivors, and many others. Historical accuracy rules every page of Anthony's adventure in time: Anthony's conversations with America's heroes are based on things they really said.

The Web site,, displays some of the book's amazing photographs.

But, the book goes beyond dazzling photography and solid historical facts: The book presents the moral lessons of American history, "timeless truths" says Class. The chapter about Lindbergh's flight is really about setting goals and choosing one's destiny. The story of Lou Gehrig is really about individual responsibility, never giving up, and living a virtuous life. The chapter about Thomas Edison is really about creativity, hard work, and the benefits of business leadership. The story of Apollo 11 is about wonder, taking risks, courage, and a belief in God. The story of Dr. Jonas Salk is really about dedicating one's life to a higher purpose. Anthony's observation of D-Day and the liberation of the death camps during the Holocaust is a testament to the reality of evil and the need to fight it. When Anthony meets his immigrant great-grandfather at Ellis Island in 1907, it's really a story about patriotism and what it means to be an American.

Anthony learns: "The Magic Picture Frame wanted me to see that my time was neither better nor worse than the times that went before. Each time has its troubles and contradictions, after all. But, it's what we choose to do with our time that makes all the difference. The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose, and doing the right thing always matters."

Class recommends his book for teenagers and young adults. But, Class designed the book to help parents and teachers, too. The book includes more than 500 footnotes and "mini" historical stories. The book also includes recommendations for 461 books, 595 movies, 217 songs, and 155 places to visit - a built-in "time machine" that parents, teachers, and kids can use to experience the past, and to "meet" hundreds of people who succeeded in America, often overcoming overwhelming odds. Anthony's History Test is free, and available on the book's Web site.

"It's not an easy book," says Class. "The book challenges the young reader to see the modern world in light of the lessons of the past. The lesson is that certain truths endure all times, and that they are the keys to a successful and fulfilling life."

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame was named Outstanding Book of the Year by Independent Publisher (2006); awarded the Parent-to-Parent Adding Wisdom Award for Excellent Books (2007); awarded the Parent-to-Parent Award for Most Unique Children's Book (2007); is a celebrated winner of an iParenting Media Award for Excellent Products (2007); was named Reviewers Choice by Midwest Book Review (2006); and garnered Editor's Pick by Homefires: The Journal of Homeschooling Online (2006). Nationally syndicated talk-show host Michael Medved calls the book "entertaining and educational." Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin says, "Parents and teachers will appreciate the inspiring message this unique history book holds for America's next generation. I recommend this book to all young Americans, may they take us to the stars and beyond."

Anthony and the Magic Picture Frame (hardcover, 225 pages, $15.00, age 12+) is available at, by calling toll-free 1-800-247-6553, and on

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Note to editors and book reviewers: Michael Class and Anthony are available for interviews. Photographs and review copies of the book are available.

Contact: Michael Class, class (at) MagicPictureFrame (dot) com, Magic Picture Frame Studio, P.O. Box 2603, Issaquah, WA 98027-0119.


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