End war, forever. Make the planet greener. Please help my dad find work. Make it rain candy!

End war, forever. Make the planet greener. Please help my dad find work. Make it rain candy!

Thousands of kids detailed their hopes and expectations for President Barack Obama in letters and drawings as part of a worldwide project, with 150 chosen for a free e-book being released on Presidents Day.

Most had tall orders for the new guy in the White House. Anthony Pape, 10, of Du Bois, Pa., 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, Calif., 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.

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

"Dear Mr. Obama," the Pasadena, Calif., first-grader began, "Please Make it rain candy!"

Aaron's wish was specific. If Obama makes candy drop from the sky, he's hoping for candy canes.

The "Dear Mr. President" project was a joint effort between the National Education Association and kidthing.com, which is putting out the book for use with its downloadable media player. A special hardcopy edition of the book will be sent to the White House for Obama.

The letters were written in January. Lawrence Hitchcock, chief executive officer of the Web site, said more than 4,500 letters were considered for the book.

"We had, 'My dad's out of work, fix the company, please get more jobs,' Hitchcock said. "It really kind of stunned us what came in through the front door."