Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial – Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Shawn Fields

  Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial – Linda Booth Sweeney, illustrated by Shawn Fields; Tilbury House Publishers; (9780884486435), 2019

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Daniel Chester French designed many monuments in his lifetime, including the iconic Lincoln Memorial. This book chronicles the life of the artist. Born to a family of lawyers, Daniel had to chart his own path when it became obvious he was interested in something different. His connection to Lincoln and the artistic process in creating the sculpture is explored in depth. Daniel was only fourteen years old when Lincoln was assassinated and it loomed large in his memory. Beautiful black and white illustrations complement the text. The author references important events in our nation’s history that took place at the Lincoln Memorial and connects Lincoln’s memory to those ideals we are still fighting for today. Includes a timeline of French’s life, an author’s note about her own process (she was inspired to write the book while living in French’s former studio in Concord, MA), more information about French as a maker, more information about the Lincoln Memorial, a list of French’s sculptures and a list of selected resources.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Students who are interested in art will find this interesting.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No. It’s beautifully illustrated and inspiring!

Who should buy this book? Elementary and middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it? nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date reviewed: July 25, 2019

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