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Abraham Lincoln by Ingri d'Aulaire
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Dec 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: caldecott-challenge, bio-autobio

I could see how kids of the day would love the stories of Lincoln's pranks and "country ways" even after he became a man of the city. And the illustrations (color and B&W) would have engaged many children.

However this book felt like larger than life folklore (almost tall tale like) trying to masquerade as biography.

Also the book felt didactic in its portrayal of Lincoln protecting a "peaceful Indian" and feeling slavery was cruel. And I feel that it conveys a message (from the day) at those points that people of color are "less than" - needing a big white savior, and the illustration of "Negroes" thanking Lincoln bothers me with its strange look of overly happy people in blackface.

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Crystal I swear I didn't read your review before writing mine, but some of our views are nearly the same. Also, I totally agree about the blackface. Ugh.

Mary Agreed. Those illustrations, particularly, seemed like caricatures.

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