Children's Literature - Natalie Gurr“Monumental History” takes an inside look at national monuments around the United States. Legends, fun facts, and even some mysteries bring the history of these national treasures to life. In this installment, Clark takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most famous sites in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most cherished presidents and students all over the country honor his name. The monument dedicated to his accomplishments is no less grand. Henry Bacon, the architect who won designing privileges, wanted his monument to include pieces from all different states. He wanted the final product to unite the country, as Lincoln strived to do when he was alive. At a grandiose ninety-nine feet, the building houses the impressive Lincoln statue, forever gazing over the Washington Mall and the country he loved. Exciting photographs, informative captions, and illustrative diagrams help capture the interesting history behind the Lincoln Memorial. Part of the “Monumental History” series. Reviewer: Natalie Gurr; Ages 9 to 12.
School Library Journal11/01/2014
Gr 4–6—This fascinating series delves into the shadows of some of America's most iconic monuments to reveal the intrigue, conflict, and scandal that surrounded their construction. A host of design elements are sure to keep readers engaged. A handful of tantalizing questions such as "What do [the Lincoln Memorial's] columns mean" and "Was [Mount Rushmore] sculpted by a man who valued democracy, or did he have a secret agenda?" introduces each title. Occasional sidebars grab readers' attention with facts that have the aura of insider information—for instance, ways in which the finished Mount Rushmore sculptures differed from the original scale model. An expertly curated collection of photos, drawings, and ephemera round out each title with flair and substance. For instance, an early plan for the Lincoln Memorial depicts a ziggurat, a far cry from the columned temple so recognizable today. Concise but informative, this series is a valuable addition to most collections.
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