Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

I have been wanting to see the new movie from Spielberg about Lincoln but haven't gotten around to it.   My sister saw it and did nothing but rave about it.   It is amazing how Daniel Day Lewis really becomes his characters, my sister said he is fantastic in the role.   As with so many people Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite Presidents.   I think I started to like him because my Mother loved him.   She used to tell me how she loved his face, that he always looked a bit sad but kind.   I was constantly bringing her books about him and by him.   One of the last books I ever got for her was a compilation of his speeches.  

Looking at Lincoln written and illustrated by the wonderful Maira Kalman is the perfect book for young children to help explain who Abraham Lincoln was.  This is a must have addition to the list of the many biographies for children of our 16th President.   Ms Kalman not only simply and succinctly tells the story of his life, she is also able to convey a more human figure.   I think because the narrator is a child who wants to know more about President Lincoln that we get a great sense of wonder.   This is a very special and fresh take on a historical figure who means so much to this country.   I would have loved to show it to my Mom.  

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