Maira Kalman‘s picture books are wonderful. Her drawings and text are always full of whimsy and charm. Her latest, Looking at Lincoln, takes both a fun look at who Abe Lincoln was growing up and a serious, though palatable for young kids, look at his presidency, the Civil War, and how he died. It also leaves the reader focusing on Lincoln’s inspiring legacy: “But a great man is never really gone. Abraham Lincoln will live forever.”
The book also highlights important historical figures such as Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass as well as the Emancipation Proclamation. Though some of the history that’s covered in the book may need further explanation, it’s a good way to introduce a great man, the issues of his lifetime, and how life was lived back then.
This book was partially inspired by Kalman’s “In Love With A. Lincoln” blog entry that she wrote for her New York Times blog And the Pursuit of Happiness, if you’d like to see more of her Lincoln-related work.