Written by Abraham Lincoln
Illustrated by James Daugherty
Four score and seven years ago……..Do you know the rest? The Gettysburg Address is probably one of the most famous speeches made in history. Everyone is at least familiar with some of it or the president who spoke it. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln stood under a November wintery sky and delivered a two minute speech that changed history. James Daugherty has created wonderful pictorial interpretation of this infamous speech. Each page contains a part of that speech with an interpretation of that particular part of the speech. Students with higher reading skills will be the target for this book, while the illustrations will appeal to many others.
I remember having to memorize this speech in 5th grade. Oh what a joy it would have been to have a book such as this in which to do the memorizing. The illustrations bring the book to life, capturing the events in bright, bold colors. The illustrations also help the reader with comprehension. After the speech is finished the author has added descriptions of his paintings and his interpretation. This book would be a wonderful tool in teaching the Gettysburg Address.
Along with the speech itself, there is a bit of added history from Daugherty. President Lincoln was not informed until just a few days prior, that he would be speaking at all. It is rather remarkable that Lincoln felt his speech was a “flat failure”, yet here we are 100+ years later and it is still remembered as a turning point in our progress as a nation. The most poignant line that we as a nation should strive for is still as relevant today as it was back then – “a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth”.