Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Vinnie and Abraham, by Dawn Fitzgerald.

Illus. by Catherine Stock

During the Civil War, Vinnie Ream, a young girl of fourteen finds employment at the Post Office but longs to create sculpture. She approaches Clark Mills, a famous sculptor who is impressed by her talent and hires her as his apprentice. Soon she is creating sculptures of congressmen and earns the chance to sculpt Abraham Lincoln. Following Lincoln's assasination, she wins a commission from Congress to create a statue for the Capitol rotunda. This is a remarkable true story of a young girl's talent and perseverance as well as a time period when women were gaining opportunities and recognition.

Grades 3-5


Brucie said...

Second. Here's a well-told story about a young woman who is virtually unknown in history. The illustrations are not geared to use with a large group, but the text should stand alone as a rea-aloud. A nice section called "Resources" lists books and websites. An examination of Vinnie's life could lead to research about other young poeple who have accomplished great things.

daf said...

This is a well told account of a young woman who made a name for herself, when women were not to be noticed. A great story for women's history and for post civil war history. A woman with guts and perserverance. Art teachers need to be made aware of this wonderful book.

Karen Gavigan said...

Fascinating story that will inspire young female readers escpecially. A great tie-in for history and art classes.