The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President

Author:   Eileen R. Meyer ,  Dave Szalay
Publisher:   Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
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9781580899376


Pages:   48
Publication Date:   28 October 2019
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 9 years
Format:   Hardback
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The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President


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Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature. Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes- he was the TALLEST president, who gave the GREATEST SPEECH and had the STRONGEST conviction. But did you know that he was also the MOST DISTRACTED farmer, the BEST wrestler, and the CRAFTIEST storyteller?

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Author:   Eileen R. Meyer ,  Dave Szalay
Publisher:   Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Imprint:   Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Weight:   0.567kg
ISBN:  

9781580899376


ISBN 10:   1580899374
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   28 October 2019
Recommended Age:   From 6 to 9 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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Telling Abraham Lincoln's story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off. Come read about a legend-- / the greatest of the greats; / from a poor boy in the backwoods / to a president, first-rate. The title of each celebratory poem offers a yearbook-style superlative about our 16th president: Best Wrestler, Best Lumberjack, Who's Tallest? Each poem is accompanied by a brief paragraph providing context for the poem. The rhyming poems are mostly in third person, though one is in the voice of Lincoln's stovepipe hat, and there's another from Grace Bedell, who wrote to the president encouraging him to grow a beard. The upbeat poems and string of superlatives, however, leave little room for more nuanced explanations, as in Strongest Conviction: Signing the Emancipation, from which readers learn that Lincoln freed the slaves but not that they weren't really free yet nor that his commitment to abolition was limited. The portrait orientation of the volume is the right choice for our tall president, and Szalay's attractive, folksy art manages to capture the homespun spirit of the poems. Brown faces appear in the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial, and President Barack Obama and Frederick Douglass make appearances. The collection will make excellent reading aloud in the classroom, a few a day. A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography so much fun. --Kirkus Reviews


Telling Abraham Lincoln's story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off. Come read about a legend-- / the greatest of the greats; / from a poor boy in the backwoods / to a president, first-rate. The title of each celebratory poem offers a yearbook-style superlative about our 16th president: Best Wrestler, Best Lumberjack, Who's Tallest? Each poem is accompanied by a brief paragraph providing context for the poem. The rhyming poems are mostly in third person, though one is in the voice of Lincoln's stovepipe hat, and there's another from Grace Bedell, who wrote to the president encouraging him to grow a beard. The upbeat poems and string of superlatives, however, leave little room for more nuanced explanations, as in Strongest Conviction: Signing the Emancipation, from which readers learn that Lincoln freed the slaves but not that they weren't really free yet nor that his commitment to abolition was limited. The portrait orientation of the volume is the right choice for our tall president, and Szalay's attractive, folksy art manages to capture the homespun spirit of the poems. Brown faces appear in the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial, and President Barack Obama and Frederick Douglass make appearances. The collection will make excellent reading aloud in the classroom, a few a day. A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography so much fun. --Kirkus Reviews These 19 poems demythologize Abraham Lincoln. Amusing tidbits of information, like why Abe wore such a tall hat, are combined with historical footnotes. Illustrations are fun and educational. Illustrations rendered in a soft, natural palette convey a sense of Lincoln's humanity by including examples of behavior people do when they think no one is watching. An excellent use of language and recognizable rhyme schemes make this title a wonderful teaching tool for the classroom. These well-researched poems hold readers' attention and could encourage them to explore additional questions. -VERDICT A good example of how poetry can also inform. Highly recommended for elementary schools and public libraries. --School Library Journal


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Eileen Meyer may be one of Lincoln's BIGGEST fans. For this book, she traveled to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, the National Museum of American History, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Lincoln Memorial. Born and raised in the Land of Lincoln, Eileen and her husband now split their time between Illinois and Florida. Dave Szalay is an illustrator, teacher, and graphic designer with a deep interest in history. While researching this book, he tried to find personal details that would humanize Lincoln--like his love of cats. Dave, his wife, and their own cats live along a stream that runs through the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. www.daveszalay.com

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