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Gettysburg Address, The

by Abraham Lincoln

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From Publishers Weekly
McCurdy creates powerful, large-scale black-and-white illustrations like those in his Giants in the Land to match Abraham Lincoln's classic speech in this handsome volume. On oversize pages, scenes of Lincoln delivering the address at the Gettysburg battlefield alternate with visualizations of the imagery contained in it. For example, a line of people carrying building tools marches across the pages as Lincoln proclaims that "it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work." As Lincoln concludes, resolving that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth," the cheering crowd gazes out from the page into the future-a fitting conclusion to an American classic made new again. All ages.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
K Up?McCurdy brings the important words of America's 16th president to life for a new generation of children bombarded by violent acts. With just a few lines of Lincoln's speech per double-page spread, a pace is established that allows the language to sink in and take hold. The wood engravings, depicting sweeping panoramas and crowds that continue beyond the page, provide the dark serious tone and high drama appropriate for the subject. (Interestingly, wood engravings were the choice of Leonard Everett Fisher in his interpretation of The Gettysburg Address [Watts, 1963; o.p.]). The scenes alternate between the action of battle and the quiet artifacts left behind, from a parade of slaves?"all men are created equal," to a processional of spirited laborers?"dedicated...to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced." These are interspersed with views of Lincoln addressing the crowd from various perspectives. A brief foreword by Gary Wills, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg (S.&S., 1992) provides insight into the reason for the common burial ground. An afterword by the illustrator explains his family connection to the Civil War and, therefore, his inspiration. A valuable addition for every collection.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Gr. 4^-6. An oversize book, this volume includes an introduction by Gary Wills, an afterword by the artist, and the text of the Gettysburg Address. The large black-and-white illustrations feature scenes of the orator and his audience, as well as pictures they might have imagined while listening to the speech--battle scenes and symbolic tableaux. Skillfully composed and occasionally striking, the artwork makes this a good choice for libraries with an audience for a picture-book edition of Lincoln's famous speech. Carolyn Phelan

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

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

Book Description
The words of President Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address are as relevant and meaningful today as they were in 1863. This magnificent book is a stunning exploration of some of the most powerful words ever spoken in American history.

About the Author
Award-winning artist Michael McCurdy has illustrated more than 170 books for adults and children. His books often explore America's past, bringing to life its history and traditions. He lives with his wife, Deborah, on a farm in western Massachusetts.



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