ABRAHAM LINCOLN GEORGE WASHINGTON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by Kathie Billingslea Smith

ABRAHAM LINCOLN GEORGE WASHINGTON MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three entries in a new series called The Great Americans Series. Each biography enumerates the most significant events in the subject's life but also includes a few details that will intrigue children. In the King title, the author relates that Dr. King's young daughter longed to visit Funtown, a segregated amusement park. The reader learns that Lincoln was fond of carrying his papers in his stovepipe hat and that President Washington received a $25,000.00 salary. But more often, the recitation of dates, places, and events never stops long enough to provide a modern-day comparison for Lincoln's 18-foot-square log cabin, or to define typhus and dysentery for young readers. Every page features both artist's drawings and photographs or prints from such sources as the Library of Congress and the National Archives. In the Washington and Lincoln biographies, many prints appear without captions, or are so small and dark that they contribute little to the reader's experience. Overall, these titles present average textbook history lessons, appropriate only for collections in need of additional biographies. No index, no bibliography.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1987
ISBN: 671-64148-4
Publisher: Messner