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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 book was very interesting because of how it was written. One page is written in a perspective of a child on a tour and the other page gives facts about Lincoln. I would use this to show students facts about Lincoln, but also to show an interesting biography. ( )
  hannahcole | May 1, 2017 |
Such a great book! the author did a wonderful job sharing a vast amount of information in a orderly and interesting way! The kids loved it! The pictures were informative and vibrant. ( )
  KaelaBrew | Apr 11, 2017 |
The main idea of this text was to tell about Abraham Lincoln. Although it is an informational book it is written like a story a young girl has a thirst to know more about Lincoln after seeing a man that resembled him on the street. She then learns all about the great thing that Lincoln did as the 16th president of the united states. ( )
  CourtneyHowe | Mar 30, 2017 |
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 |
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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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