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Michelle Obama receives thumbs-up from daughters on new book

Michelle Obama gets approval from her daughters on her book "American Grown," which traces the story of the White House garden through photographs, recipes and anecdotes from the elementary school kids who help maintain it.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks to young girls as she attends a book signing of her first book "American Grown" at a book store in Washington on June 12, 2012. Obama's book received approval from daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 13.

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Michelle Obama gets a rare thumbs-up from her adolescent daughters for publishing her first gardening book.

The first lady said her daughters Sasha, 11, and Malia, 13, were pulled in by the beautiful pictures and eventually read "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."

"They couldn't put it down and they started looking through and then they started actually reading it," she said. "Eventually, I got, actually, a thumbs-up."

Mrs. Obama spoke to a bookstore crowd at an anything-but-typical book signing, which required more than 200 attendees to stand in line for hours last week to get a wrist band, then go through security clearance and again line up for a few hours before Tuesday's signing at a downtown Barnes & Noble bookstore. She thanked the groups that were caught up in the rain while waiting.

The book, released two weeks ago, traces the story of the garden on the South Lawn and community gardens around the country.

The first lady was joined by children from Bancroft and Harriet Tubman elementary schools, both in Washington, who have helped with the garden since its inception.

"They come to the White House, they don't get star struck, they don't look around, they get to work," she said, as the crowd laughed. "They get our garden planted and harvested in a matter of 10, 15 minutes, sometimes 30 minutes. They just get it done."

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