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Abraham Lincoln Comes Home
 
 
Author
Robert Burleigh. Wendell Minor, illus.
Publisher Henry Holt/BOMC  
Format laminated cover
Product Dimensions 11.25 x 8.75 x 0.25 inches
ISBN 9780805075298
Pages/Publication Date 36/2008
Daedalus Item Code 01004
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Told simply yet poetically for readers up to 7, this elegiac story of a father and son waiting for the passing of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train conveys the gravity of the nation's mourning for the fallen president. Book jacket and children's book illustrator Wendell Minor evokes the scene in paintings of star-filled prairie skies, the bonfires of the town inhabitants, and their torch-lit faces as the draped and flower-bedecked train rumbles slowly through town. The endpapers are decorated with facsimiles of actual paper mementos printed for the two-week procession.

"Following Lincoln's death, his body was taken back to Illinois for burial. Burleigh focuses on one boy's perceptions as he and his father travel through the night by horse-drawn carriage to see the funeral train pass. Full-spread images capture the cool night and the hot bonfires, the solemnity of the locals, and the grandness of the train. Both artist and writer researched the trains, engines, and events surrounding Lincoln's final journey; they use an original image of the paper flags waved at mourning processions for endpapers and offer more information and additional resources on the title-page verso. Minor's gouache watercolors capture the prairie as well as multiple perspectives of the train, while Burleigh's prose is almost poetic: 'Past speeches and silence. Past black drapes, heaped roses, archways of green leaves, and the sound of muffled drums.' The result is sensuous with sounds, sights, and the emotion of the event. Lincoln is ennobled in this historical picture book."School Library Journal

 
 
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