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Looking at Lincoln

by Maira Kalman

Hardcover, 32 pages

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books (2012-01-05)

List Price: $17.99

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Amazon Description

Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, and now Maira Kalman brings him to life with her trademark style and enthusiasm. Lincoln's legacy is everywhere - there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together.

But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife's vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.

One Potato Review

Hits all its marks - reading by firelight, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address - so it’s surprising how stirring this is in the end. And not surprising. Kalman is obviously besotted with Lincoln like she is besotted with Paris and mutty dogs and Grand Central Station, and this makes for a lot of childlike wondering between the eventfulness - about the notes Abe allegedly kept inside his famous hat, and who knows what else he might have kept in there too, and what sort of unstatesmanlike nicknames did he and Mary maybe have for one another? Linky? Little Plumpy? An excellent place to start learning history. By loving it.

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