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This latest addition to the growing number of educational graphic novels provides a superb introduction to Lincoln's presidency for grade-schoolers. The creators go beyond the title's scope to create a panorama of the country during the Civil War. Though Lincoln is their lead, they present an ensemble cast, including historical figures like African-American civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass and a number of fictional characters caught up in the era's political and racial divisions. There's Samson, an escaped slave traveling the Underground Railroad to freedom; Duff and his father John Alexander, who find themselves fighting on opposite sides; and Duff's courageous girlfriend, Mary. The authors link the characters through the winning device of Lincoln's actual dog Fido. The book has Fido wandering the country during the war, trying to find his master, befriending the other characters along the way. Fido's a pretty normal dog, but occasionally Turner gives him an amusingly Snoopy-esque thought balloon. And the artists persuasively convey Lincoln's genuine goodness without sentimentality. Though the book acknowledges Lincoln's slowness to take action against slavery, it clearly shows the strength of his commitment to put an end to it. Most strikingly, Turner explains that Lincoln knows he is under continual danger of assassination and yet he quietly and bravely continues to "do my job." Tiwari's artwork, clearly based on Herge's classic Tintin, is simple but conveys an epic grandeur in its depictions of battle scenes. This book's main audience may be children, but parents and teachers should find it touching as well.
Publishers Weekly

The use of the graphic novel format is ideal for conveying an historical biography in a manner guaranteed to attract a whole new generation of young readers to the life story of one of America's greatest presidents, making "Abraham Lincoln: The Civil War President' an ideal addition to family, school, and community library American Biography collections!
Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review


Engagingly written and beautifully produced, this colorful volume combines serious history with enough playful action and humor to draw in even the youngest readers.
Larry Gonick, author of Cartoon History of the Universe

The Gossamer Books graphic novel about Abraham Lincoln might look like a comic book, but it's really a book with lots and lots of pictures. It's a historical novel, but only in the fact that some of the characters are there to give the story literary unity. More importantly, the history is solid and will introduce readers -- especially younger readers and immigrants --- to this important period in American history. The book is as readable as it is easy to look at.
Rich Gotshall, The Indianapolis Star

 

 
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