ABE LINCOLN REMEMBERS by Ann Turner

ABE LINCOLN REMEMBERS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 10
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This handsome and genuinely appealing collaboration transcends the usual picture-book biography genre. The author and artist impressively succeed in taking the well-known details of this oh-so-familiar life and shaping them into an accessible, affecting personal story. Experienced historical novelist Turner (Dakota Dugout, 1985) chose to tell this remembrance in the imagined voice of Lincoln, setting it on the evening of April 14, 1865, just before he and wife Mary are about to leave for the theatre. Historians have made much of Lincoln’s moodiness and melancholy at this moment in time; Turner reflects that conventional wisdom yet she does not make this a maudlin or sappily sentimental tale. Lincoln’s voice is simple and steadying. In spare, restrained prose, he recounts his life story in a voice that resonates with an undertone of grief and loss. The effect is simple, fresh, and inspiring. Minor (who previously collaborated with Turner on the haunting 1997 Shaker Hearts) is a prolific illustrator who has risen to the challenge of refreshing and refashioning time- and shop-worn events and images. His handsome and characteristically detailed acrylic paintings are perfectly pitched to Turner’s tone, which is increasingly somber. Minor also doubled as the book’s designer and makes effective use of white space, employs clean-edged line borders in red and white, and even includes occasional ghost images of Lincoln’s distinctive signature. In the book’s well-developed and inclusive “historical note,” Turner reflects on Lincoln’s pivotal role in the nation’s history. Finally, she asserts that Lincoln’s “words echo down the years to us, calling to us, reminding us of what it means to lead an ethical and courageous life.” Memorable. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)

Pub Date: Jan. 31st, 2001
ISBN: 0-06-027577-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2001




MORE BY ANN TURNER

ChildrenFATHER OF LIES by Ann Turner
by Ann Turner
ChildrenSITTING BULL REMEMBERS by Ann Turner
by Ann Turner

MORE BY WENDELL MINOR

ChildrenWILLA by Amy Ehrlich
by Amy Ehrlich
ChildrenTHIS IS THE EARTH by Diane Z. Shore
by Diane Z. Shore
ChildrenDAYLIGHT STARLIGHT WILDLIFE by Wendell Minor
by Wendell Minor
ChildrenEDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD by Robert Burleigh
by Robert Burleigh

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenABE LINCOLN by Alan Schroeder
by Alan Schroeder