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Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

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
Tags:Read November 2012

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Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman



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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 |
This book gives a brief description of Abraham Lincoln’s life from when he was born until his death. It does not go into a lot of detail but does cover the important events that occurred during his life as a young boy through to his presidency. The illustrations are done in full color and full page. The illustrations look like they are painted with a brush and oil paints and also the use of pencils to make sharp outlines. ( )
  ecollado | Nov 24, 2014 |
This is a story about Abraham Lincoln's life. Lincoln was 7ft. tall with his hat on. He was known as " Honest Abe." On March 4, 1861 he inaugurated for president of the United States. Lincoln took the first step toward freeing slaves. This which led to his death at age 56. He was shot and killed over slavery. Very good book of facts about Lincoln. ( )
  kfisher524 | Nov 23, 2014 |
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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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