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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

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By (author) Abraham Lincoln, Illustrated by Michael McCurdy, Edited by Michael McCurdy

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 241mm x 292mm x 6mm | 174g
  • Publication date: 2 February 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0395883970
  • ISBN 13: 9780395883976
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 717,705

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In this handsomely illustrated book, Michael McCurdy's art extends the power and force of Abraham Lin-coln's speech, imbuing it with an excitement and energy that will ignite the interest of readers of all ages. "McCurdy brings the important words of America's sixteenth president to life for a new generation of children bombarded by violent acts." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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"McCurdy brings the important words of America's sixteenth president to life for a new generation of children bombarded by violent acts." School Library Journal, Starred

Editorial reviews

The deliberate pace Lincoln's words acquire when spaced out in this powerful, somber book gloriously introduces the most famous speech in American history to a new generation and gives fresh meaning to those who have read and heard it before. Everything about the book is admirable. The type is beautiful, simple, and restrained. The black-and-white illustrations strike an interesting balance between the look of period engravings and the cropping and muscular vigor of a more contemporary point of view. In a particularly striking spread, readers see the close-ups of crosses marking graves while in the background a crowd has gathered to hear the speech on a plain marked by a cannon-blasted tree. Another scene shows a group of wounded, bandaged men - one without a foot, one without a forearm - who serve as visual reminders of the human cost of battle. A short introduction by historian Garry Wills provides context without weighing the book down with information; the more personal note about McCurdy's great-grandfather Jack, who fought in the battle and lived to tell about it, adds a satisfying sense of connectedness between the generations. (Kirkus Reviews)