Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

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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 video 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.

About Maira Kalman

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In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."
Published January 5, 2012 by Penguin Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Children's Books, History.

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Each page offers visual treats in a Matisse-like palette, unusual for a biography of a president, but fun in their own right—images of various people and items related to the president, including pancakes, a vanilla cake, a whistle, apples and, toward the end, an ominous-looking gun facing a rock...

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Abstract gouaches—ranging from tangy colors to dolorous grays—put a contemporary spin on the iconic log cabin, Springfield house, stovepipe hat, and “his favorite vanilla cake” with ribbons of red icing.

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Oregon Live

Abraham Lincoln was born on this day 203 years ago.

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City Book Review

She proceeds to tell us what she learns about Lincoln with the charming honesty of a young girl.

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Shelf Awareness

Lee Trentadue, owner of Galiano Island Books, B.C., and the incoming president of the Canadian Booksellers Association, has stepped down, citing differences with fellow board members.

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The narrator is on her way to breakfast when she sees “a very tall man” who “reminded me of someone, but I could not think who.” As she pays for her pancakes “with a Lincoln and two Washingtons” (a five-dollar bill and two one-dollar bills), she realizes the man she had passed looked just like Ab...

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K-Gr 4—This animated version of Maira Kalman's picture book (Penguin, 2012) follows a little girl who wants to learn all she can about Abraham Lincoln, and in her quest she finds out that he's more than the face on the five dollar bill. The text includes events of Lincoln's childhood; his time as...

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K-Gr 3—In this personable presentation, a young girl passes a man on the street who looks like Abraham Lincoln. The encounter makes her wonder about that great president and she heads to the library to find out more. This accessible, brief introduction to the 16th president is told from the child...

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