The Gettysburg Address

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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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Overview

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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. Sept.
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The famous words and stirring ideals of Lincoln's immortal, three-minute speech given at the battlefield at Gettysburg are rendered into a beautiful picture book with detailed, black and white scratchboard illustrations that have the look of the period. The many, large format pictures show Lincoln addressing the crowd, as well as a variety of scenes from the Civil War and related events. A foreword by Garry Wills gives historical background information, while an afterward by the illustrator describes his connection to the Battle of Gettysburg through his great-grandfather who fought there.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141043906
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Sales rank: 1,106,290

Meet the Author

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the sixteenth president of the United States best-known for helping to abolish slavery during the Civil War, and his tragic assassination just days after the war ended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Ok

    Pretty good

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    This version is the best!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

    Cool

    I like this book i read itin school its cool and interisting facts about the civil war i love ths book vut it doesnt let u read a sample thats notcool cause i want to see samplws before i buy it bye for now <3

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

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    Only 8 pages. Very short. Multiple errors in the address. You can find better versions on the internet and you can print them out.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Whyy you should read this

    The Gettysburg Adress is one the most signifigent speeches in U.S history. Lincoln gives new hope to one of the bloodiest wars ever. By reading this I think that every one will truly understand why Gettysburg is so important

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Best document

    I have always enjoyed reading this

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

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    I haven't read this yet, and ya know what? I bet they didn't add the part before the adress and after the battle Lincoln had all the Yankees have a proper burial and left the Rebels on the feild! I'm not siding with the Rebels I'm shocked that an American president left Americans out on the feild to rot. Yes, I know the Rebels seperated from the u.s. but they were just as American though first called Southern as their Northern counterparts

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Good

    Good free read. A few errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    wow

    this is so good for a book report

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Gettysburg address

    I am in history readig this right now. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    I HAVE A REVIEW FOR THIS SPEECH

    4 snores and 7 yawns, ago this speech critic listoned to the president's speech, and lets be honest Abe you dropped a real lincoln log. Do you know the real gettysburg adress? 1108 West Boring Street. And giving it on the field, great aduido sorry if i couldn't hear you was in the second row.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Read this

    I have memorized the gettysburg address by heart and am only 9 years old

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    COOL BOOK

    IT IS A NICE COOL BOOK

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