Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers

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Boyds Mills Press, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Abraham Lincoln was the first president of the United States to wear a beard. What gave him the idea to grow a beard was a letter he received from an eleven-year-old girl from Westfield, New York, named Grace Bedell. "Dear Sir," she wrote, "...if you will let your whiskers grow I will try to get [my brothers] to vote for you. You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you..." Here is the true story of the determined girl from Westfield whose letter helped create the image of Lincoln that we have today. Illustrated with oil paintings that capture the look and feel of nineteenth-century America, this charming book will give children a real-life look into our nation's history from a young girl's point of view.

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User Review  - Mols1 - LibraryThing

This book tells the story of Grace Bedell, the young girl who famously suggested that Abraham Lincoln grow a beard. As evidenced by later portraits and pictures, Lincoln took her advice. Despite being ... Read full review

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User Review  - RiaO - LibraryThing

This is a very cute little story based on letters sent between Abraham Lincoln and Grace Bedell about growing whiskers to look more affectionate. I love this story and think it gives a completely different look at Mr. Lincoln then what is usually taught and is very relatable to students. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Karen B. Winnick has a keen interest in history, especially Lincoln. A graduate of Syracuse University, she has studied art at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, and in Florence, Italy. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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