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Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.
Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independencebut theres so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, I cannot live without books.” But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an abomination,” he owned about 150 slaves.
As she did in Looking at Lincoln, Maira Kalman shares a presidents remarkable, complicated life with young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text and stunning illustrations.
"As she did in The Principles of Uncertainty, Kalman transforms digital material in this case, her New York Times illustrated column 'In Love with A. Lincoln' into analogue format. Kalman's fond and bittersweet account of our lanky 16th president evokes both a schoolgirl crush ('I got lost in photos of his unusual face.... I could look at him forever') and a Yankee's steely, sorrowful perspective on the price of freedom (still lifes include a bullet-torn Civil War uniform and John Wilkes Booth's pistol). Abstract gouaches ranging from tangy colors to dolorous grays put a contemporary spin on the iconic log cabin, Springfield house, stovepipe hat, and 'his favorite vanilla cake' with ribbons of red icing. Portraits include a pensive Lincoln, seated alone or with family ('He was thinking about... doing good for mankind. And maybe he was also thinking about getting a birthday present for his little son'); Sojourner Truth; and Lincoln's pale-eyed stepmother, wearing a severe bonnet and black dress Ã la Picasso's portrait of Gertrude Stein. Rather than pen a textbook profile, Kalman portrays heartfelt admiration through poignant imagery. Ages 5 8. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, and now Maira Kalman brings him to life with her trademark style and enthusiasm. Lincoln's legacy is everywhere - there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together.
But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife's vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.
Maira Kalman’s joyous celebration of this dazzling landmark brilliantly captures the wonder, complexity and grandiosity of Grand Central and all the people who are part of it.
Kalman’s witty text and bright, detailed illustrations bring to life “the biggest, fastest, busiest place there is.”
This special hardcover edition is being published to coincide with Grand Central’s 2013 centennial celebration.
About the Author
Maira Kalman (www.mairakalman.com) is the author-illustrator of numerous picture books, including Looking at Lincoln, Fireboat, Next Stop Grand Central, and What Pete Ate from AZ, as well as adult hits such as And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Elements of Style Illustrated. She is also the illustrator of the Printz Honor Winning Book Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. Her artwork has appeared on a dozen New Yorker covers, and her watches, clocks, accessories and paperweights have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art store. She lives in New York City.