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Vinnie and Abraham

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Vinnie Ream was a small girl with a giant gift for sculpture. This story chronicles Vinnie's life from her arrival in Washington D.C. at the start of the Civil War through her apprenticeship with a famous sculptor and friendship with Abraham Lincoln. After Lincoln's assassination, Vinnie fights doubt and prejudice for the honor of sculpting the full-size statue of Lincoln that now stands in the Capitol rotunda.


Gr 2-5-Vinnie Ream was a teenager during the Civil War. A self-taught artist, she worked in the post office in Washington, DC, but longed to follow her muse. Determination, and a demonstration of her abilities, got her an apprenticeship with a local sculptor. Soon she was doing busts of many political figures. She longed to sculpt President Abraham Lincoln. Finally given the opportunity, she created a bust of the president, but finished only days before his assassination. Now a statue of Lincoln was required, but who would sculpt it? Despite her gender and youth (she was only 16) her talent was obvious. She got the commission, but would her final work be enough to silence those who doubted a young female could do the job? Today Vinnie's beautiful statue of Lincoln still stands in the Capital rotunda. This wonderfully evocative nonfiction book (Charlesbridge, 2007) by Dawn Fitzgerald receives stellar treatment here. The story is brought to life by Annie Silver and Asa Dorfman, with musical background and occasional sound effects. Youngers can enjoy the well-paced narrative while perusing Catherine Stock's wonderful watercolor illustrations in the book. An inspiring story.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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