Old Abe: Eagle Hero

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Old Abe, a spirited bald eagle with legend-inspiring powers, was the Civil War's most famous mascot. This picture book account of Abe's adventures brings the battlefield to life as readers join Company C of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers and experience Abe's exploits during this defining time in our nation's history.

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Overview

Old Abe, a spirited bald eagle with legend-inspiring powers, was the Civil War's most famous mascot. This picture book account of Abe's adventures brings the battlefield to life as readers join Company C of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers and experience Abe's exploits during this defining time in our nation's history.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Old Abe, the eagle hero of the Civil War, began life as an eaglet rescued by an American Indian in Wisconsin and traded to farmer Dan McCann. When the war begins, McCann cannot fight because he has a bad leg, so he sends his eagle instead. Wisconsin soldiers name him Old Abe and make him their mascot. Almost grown, Old Abe weighs eight pounds, but his wings spread seven feet. The Southern soldiers hate Old Abe because he inspires his Northern friends, but they cannot capture him. A bullet does graze him and he is cut from his perch, but he flies away to safety. He soon becomes famous. Despite being a trickster, he is loved by his fellow soldiers. He participates in many famous battles; he even helps capture a Southern camp. He has a fine retirement, never forgetting his soldier friends. Lee's scenes are painted in muted, light-hearted watercolors while an inked line creates character and action. Old Abe is the most important character, but we also see the battlefields, the camps, and even the "big fair in Chicago." The factual story is told directly; additional facts about eagles are included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
What better mascot for an army unit than America's national bird? The author's great-grandfather commanded Company C of the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, better known as the "Eagle Company" after they adopted a young bald eagle. Named Old Abe after the president, the eagle was carried on a perch into the front ranks of 25 major battles. Astonishingly, he was never seriously injured; he became famous and after the war lived in special rooms in the Wisconsin Capitol Building. Young's text was first published with different illustrations in 1965. His storytelling has aged surprisingly well, though teachers, librarians and thorough-minded students will miss the hallmarks of modern nonfiction: bibliography, archival material and specific historical references. The encyclopedic endnote on bald eagles in general adds little. Lee makes her illustration debut with orange- and indigo-hued watercolors that evoke the sepia photographs of the Civil War era while retaining a modern sensibility. She's unafaid of simplicity and blank space, effectively establishing setting and mood with a minimum of fuss, and looks to have a strong future. (Picture book. 5-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935279235
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 549,787
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 11.68 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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