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Looking at Lincoln (edition 2012)

by Maira Kalman, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

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Title:Looking at Lincoln
Authors:Maira Kalman
Other authors:Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
Info:Nancy Paulsen Books (2012), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:biography, Abraham Lincoln, history, k-3

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Who was Lincoln really? Written in the first person and presented in journaled paintings, this book introduces elementary students to an exploration of a Lincoln. Our little girl narrator wants to find out all about Lincoln and asks many "wondering" questions that may stimulate class discussion. She discovers, among other things, that 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, Lincoln's remarkable life is shared with young readers. ( )
  wichitafriendsschool | Feb 4, 2017 |
This charming book written in first person dialogue, and presented in journaled paintings is a charming way to introduce elementary students to an exploration of a famous figure. The author presents the story of her inspiration to discover Lincoln as she walks through a modern city park and sees a man in a tall hat. She queries "what famous person has a hat like that?" and she realizes that it is Abraham Lincoln. She leaves the park to have a pancake breakfast which she illustrates and notices that Abraham Lincoln is on her five dollar bill that she uses to pay for her breakfast. This inspires a journey of discovery to the library first to find books on this person who she describes as an " Amazing Man" and President. She journals and paints bold paintings of each part of her research discovery at the public library. Her first discovery is that there are over 16,000 books written about Abraham Lincoln. She finds a book and begins her journal on Lincoln. The style is very simple and denotes al the important information one would discover in researching a famous person who inspires over 16,000 books about them. Her first discovery begins " He was born in a small log cabin in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Th family was poor. "Abe" was a dreamer. He did not like to do chores. He loved to read. She goes on to discover " One day he was kicked in the head by a mule. He slept for two days. Then he woke up and grew up and decided to be a lawyer. As Maira Kalman learns about the basic facts of Abraham Lincoln she makes inner monologue questions that inspire the reader to ask their own personal questions about Lincoln . For example " I wonder if Mary and Abraham had nicknames for each other. Did she call him Linky? Did he call her little plumpy? Maybe." This allows for a reading of the book by a teacher to ask the students to ask their own questions and give hints on how to research each of these questions.
Each time the author notates something well known about the famous Abraham Lincoln she includes an interesting fact and gives an opportunity for whole class discussion. For example, "Lincoln wore a very tall hat ( with his hat on he was seven feet tall) He wrote many notes and stuffed them inside his hat. She muses " What was he thinking about". In using this book in an elementary classroom I would use the author's questions as question for a group discussion. She discovers he was thinking about freedom and democracy and The Constitution. She goes through the things that he loved as a boy, his dog Fido Mozart and apples. She then brings in the people that thought like Lincoln for example, Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth. Then she relates the importance he has in history. "Lincoln hated slavery and wrote to a friend, If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong" . She then describes the civil war through Lincoln's point of view, " It was a difficult time to be President" she describes the Gettysburg address. She spends another five pages on the Historically important Civil War and his assassination . She ends the book at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. She notes the words of Lincoln "...with malice toward none, with charity for all." After an open reading and open class discussion on this book I would then have my students learn about the amazing Lincoln Memorial Using this book as an introduction to this monument. ( )
  Tarasusan | Feb 1, 2017 |
This is my favorite biography I have read from the five that I have chose this week. This story is very relate-able for children, it is from the point of view of a child (in some parts). It is packed with many facts, and some facts that children will find interesting, like his favorite type of cake. It conveys the facts in a way that is engaging for children. This book is very colorful and has beautiful illustrations. Overall, I think this is a great biography for children to read and I think they will gain a lot being that the book is so kid friendly. ( )
  bethanygc | Oct 25, 2016 |
“Looking at Lincoln” by Maira Kalman is basically a book looking at Lincoln’s life. Kalman starts the book with a young girl going to the library to figure out who’s face she keeps seeing. Once at the library the young girl takes a deeper look, and realizes the face belongs to Abraham Lincoln. Kalman goes into Lincoln’s childhood, he book states that Lincoln was poor and did not have much schooling. This key fact in the book shines light on his self-achieving accomplishments, becoming 16th President of the U.S. from a poor family. Kalman also points out that he is on the five-dollar bill and pennies, going back to looking at Lincoln, the title. Kalman continues through Lincoln’s death and it is in a kid-friendly manner. in the back of the book she goes into detail about each event listed in the book about Lincoln’s life. I found that pretty interesting, it is almost like a bibliography for young children. The illustrations are very vibrant and help paint a picture as a child would see the story being told. When the young girl is thinking out loud in the book, the text is larger and in a swirly writing. As if the voice is changing from time to time. This would be a good book to introduce elementary students to Abe Lincoln. It gives a broad view of who he was and what he exactly stood for in our country. ( )
  cchaney | Apr 13, 2016 |
This book gives a rundown of president Abe Lincoln's life. The story does not go into many detail about what he has accomplished throughout his life, but it does summarize it. This would be a wonderful story for children who are just learning about Abe and who he was. Marira Kalman describes the subjects of slavery, the Civil War, and Lincoln's Assassination in words and concepts easy for young children to understand. The facination by the author is a great way to go about telling his biography for kids ( mentioning the cake, presents, dogs, how tall he was, etc.). ( )
  Diana_94 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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Wanting to know about the real man behind the sixteenth president's legendary character, a little girl learns about Lincoln's beliefs regarding universal freedom as well as lesser-known aspects of his life, from his love of Mozart and his wife's vanilla cake to his pet dog and the way he kept notes in his stovepipe hat.… (more)

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