The Superlative A. Lincoln

The Superlative A. Lincoln

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Coming November 5, 2019. Pre-order today!

By: Eileen R. Meyer / Illustrated by: Dave Szalay

Tallest, wisest, most studious–Lincoln was simply superlative!

Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature.

Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he was the TALLEST president, who gave the GREATEST SPEECH and had the STRONGEST conviction. But did you know that he was also the MOST DISTRACTED farmer, the MOST TALENTED wrestler and inventor, and the CRAFTIEST storyteller?

Dave Szalay’s charming illustrations are the best, most expressive illustrations of all, championing the tallest, skinniest, smartest, and nicest United States president ever.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Eileen R. Meyer, author

Eileen R. Meyer is the author of several books for young readers, including Sweet Dreams, Wild Animals: A Story of Sleep; Ballpark; and Who’s Faster? Animals on the Move. Eileen splits her time between Chicago, Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida.

Dave Szalay, illustrator

Dave Szalay is an illustrator, teacher, and graphic designer with a deep interest in history. He has an MFA in illustration and teaches at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron, where he is a tenured Associate Professor. Dave lives in Akron, Ohio.

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Kirkus Reviews

Telling Abraham Lincoln's story in poetry is a tall order, but Meyer pulls it off. "Come read about a legend— / the greatest of the greats; / from a poor boy in the backwoods / to a president, first-rate." The title of each celebratory poem offers a yearbook-style superlative about our 16th president: "Best Wrestler," "Best Lumberjack," "Who's Tallest?" Each poem is accompanied by a brief paragraph providing context for the poem. The rhyming poems are mostly in third person, though one is in the voice of Lincoln's stovepipe hat, and there's another from Grace Bedell, who wrote to the president encouraging him to grow a beard. The upbeat poems and string of superlatives, however, leave little room for more nuanced explanations, as in "Strongest Conviction: Signing the Emancipation," from which readers learn that Lincoln freed the slaves but not that they weren't really free yet nor that his commitment to abolition was limited. The portrait orientation of the volume is the right choice for our tall president, and Szalay's attractive, folksy art manages to capture the homespun spirit of the poems. Brown faces appear in the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial, and President Barack Obama and Frederick Douglass make appearances. The collection will make excellent reading aloud in the classroom, a few a day. A tip of the stovepipe hat for making a poetry biography so much fun.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-937-6

ISBN: 978-1-63289-793-0 EPUB

ISBN: 978-1-63289-794-7 PDF

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Ages: 6-9
Page count: 48
7 x 11

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