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Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose by Tina Nichols Coury
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May 10, 2012

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bookshelves: art, biography, families, picture-book, ncbla2013
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The creative imaginings of sculptor Gurzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore, a rocky tribute to four American presidents, took 14 years to complete. Although he envisioned the challenging project and began the blasting and carving into the side of a mountain, Borglum did not live to see its conclusion. When he died, his twenty-nine-year-old son, Lincoln, who had learned how to perform many of the jobs associated with the project, completed the massive project. I was intrigued to read all the details about how the faces were created from the rocky surface as well as how the crew rigged 500 steps to the top of Mount Rushmore. The illustrations, created from black-and-white drawings and mixed media layered digital files are interesting to look at, showing as they do how the mountain and the presidential faces dwarf the men climbing around them. I would have liked additional information about what motivated Lincoln and how often the faces on Mount Rushmore need to be touched up due to the effects of weather, though.

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