Synopses & Reviews
Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didnandrsquo;t like him as president, a homely appearanceandmdash;what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasnandrsquo;t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller and a person who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; This unusual biography of Lincoln highlights his life and presidency, focusing on what made his sense of humor so distinctiveandmdash;and so necessary to surviving his tough life and times.
"Inspiring."and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed."--Publishers Weekly
* andldquo;Children will be drawn in by the straightforward prose, and librarians will enjoy sharing the book aloud. Innerstandrsquo;s colorful and unconventional acrylic illustrations cover the entire page and are the perfect complement to both the text and the subject matter, making this a standout biography.andrdquo;and#160;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
* andldquo;Readers will smile, too, at this lighthearted look at Lincoln and the many droll quotations attributed to him.andrdquo;and#160;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andldquo;Laughter is not only good medicine. It can also be a political tool, human motivator, and saving grace, as the authors show in this upbeat overview of Lincolnandrsquo;s life.andrdquo;and#160;
andldquo;Innerstandrsquo;s gorgeous, textured paintings, many of them caricatures, are varied and inventive: When Lincolnandrsquo;s great height is described in the text, his head and feet are cropped off the page. Itandrsquo;s a quirkily specific biography, but, as with Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comoraandrsquo;s wonderful George Washingtonandrsquo;s Teeth, illustrated by Brock Cole (2003), it reveals the human side of an American icon in an unusual, lively and thought-provoking way.andrdquo;and#160;
Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.
Before Wilma was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad.
This is the dramatic and inspiring true story of runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.
With conversational text and unusual artwork, this fresh view of Abraham Lincoln highlights his quirky and infectious sense of humor under the most difficult circumstances.
About the Author
andnbsp;is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians,
and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez,
illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)
and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country),
both co-written with Paul Br
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belprand#233;andnbsp;Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.