Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day 12: Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman (Beginnings and Endings)

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Welcome to DAY 5. Today's lesson is on Beginnings and Endings

Looking at Lincoln
by Maira Kalman
Title: Looking at Lincoln
Author: Maira Kalman
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Year: 2012
Word Count: 1004
Top 10 Element: Beginnings/Endings

A young girl is curious about Abraham Lincoln and tries to find out more about the life of the nation's sixteenth president.
You would think that this book would be feature the story element of character since Lincoln was indeed a great character. Or conflict. But I chose beginnings and endings. I'm sharing the opening 3 spreads and the final 3 spreads.

Opening Spread:

One day, while walking through the park on my way to breakfast I saw a very tall man. He reminded me of someone, but I could not think who.
Notice the pink sidewalks.

Spread 2:

Spread 3:

Just in case you can't read the "fine print" it says, "I could look at him forever."

And now for the final 3 spreads:
The news spread. People across the land wept with grief for their fallen leader. But a great man is never really gone.
Next to last:

Abraham Lincoln will live forever. and if you go to Washington, D.C. in the spring you can walk through the cherry blossoms and visit him.
The final spread:

And you can look into his beautiful eyes. Just look.
Need I say more? Again with the PINK. Those cherry blossoms...

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  1. Neat idea for a book. I like the idea of telling the story through the eyes of a young girl trying to figure Lincoln out but still being able to make a connection to him and his words today too.

  2. Yes, that really is a uniquely framed biography. Very poetic and still relatable for kids.

  3. The Pink Crayon should be very proud!

  4. Make that 16,001 books about Lincoln! :)
    Love the use of pink at the beginning and end. Those cherry blossoms in DC are amazing!

  5. Oh dear...this is an incredible book...doing the challenge is worth it for just this book alone. ;) thank you, Christie...I love how you picked out these powerful spreads...this book sings...yes it does. ;)

  6. Great example of beginning/ending...the illustrations and color certainly help show the connection.

  7. Wow! This book looks fantastic. I do love the beginning -- definitely hooked me! And the ending is delightful as well. I love Lincoln and can't wait to check out this book!

  8. The wonderful thing about story elements in 'picture' books is that they appear NOT ONLY in the text, but in the PICTURES. That makes so many books magical. Love this, Christie. Good pick.


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