A simple biography of the president who led the United States through a bloody civil war
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Malcah Zeldis, illustrator of Martin Luther King, lives in New York City. In Her Own Words...
"For many years I secretly wanted to paint and become an artist, but I was afraid to study art because I felt I had no talent. It was only when my children were grown and away from the house and I found myself with time on my hands that I dared to begin to paint without expecting anyone else to like or approve of what I was doing. When I finally showed my work to art critics and connoisseurs, I was amazed by how eagerly it was accepted.
"After this initial acceptance I began to paint furiously, trying to make up for the lost time when I had been inhibited and unable to work. The images were flowing out of me with incredible speed. Now, some twenty-three years later, my work is in seventeen museum collections, including the Smithsonian, where one painting is on permanent display.
"Again to my amazement, these last few years my work has taken a new turn as I have been illustrating books for children. I am deeply grateful for this new means of expression I have found. It has enriched and deepened my experience, and I look forward to the continuation of my creative life."From Publishers Weekly:
Striking folk-art paintings more than compensate for a thuddingly flat text in this picture book biography of Abraham Lincoln. Apparently written to fit the illustrations, the choppy, teacherly prose often hinders the narrative drive, as in this description of Lincoln and Mary Todd's courtship: "Mary was twenty-one years old. Abe was thirty. Mary was popular. She liked dancing and spoke French. Abe and Mary were married." In this vein Kunhardt ( Pat the Cat ; Red Day, Green Day ) reports all the familiar episodes: Lincoln's childhood in a log cabin, his debates with Douglas, the assassination by "a man who was furious at the President for freeing the slaves." But the paintings vivify the story, commanding attention with vibrant greens, blues, reds and yellows. No staid portraits here! Placed one to each oversize page with generous trim as if hung on a wall, they are seemingly unpolished but genuinely American, much like the man they commemorate. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0688111890
Book Description Greenwillow Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688111890
Book Description Greenwillow Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0688111890 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1198468