Vinnie and Abraham


Vinnie and Abraham Vinnie Ream Was A Small Girl With A Giant Gift For Sculpture This Story Chronicles Vinnie S Life From Her Arrival In Washington DC 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

Vinnie and Abraham

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  1. Fiction State Of Mind says:

    This is a gorgeously illustrated book about Vinnie Ream a young sculptor who through talent and perseverance was able to reach her goal of sculpting a bust of Abraham Lincoln After his death Vinnie learned that sculptors were being auditioned to make a statue and she applied Against steep odds, this young woman won the commission and spent years working on it The statue she cc retard still stands today as a popular monument to an important man I had no idea about Vinnie and her life This li This is a gorgeously illustrated book about Vinnie Ream a young sculptor who through talent and perseverance was able to reach her goal of sculpting a bust of Abraham Lincoln After his death Vinnie learned that sculptors were being auditioned to make a statue and she applied Against steep odds, this young woman won the commission and spent years working on it The statue she cc retard still stands today as a popular monument to an important man I had no idea about Vinnie and her life This little book taught me volumes

  2. Melissa says:

    I have to tell you all, before I read this book, I had never heard of Vinnie Ream Vinnie was born in the Wisconsin territory and went on to become a great artist and sculptor, including sculpting President Abraham Lincoln, when she was only 16 years old She eventually would sculpt the statue of Abraham Lincoln that is currently in the Capitol rotunda in Washington DC I hope to see it someday along with her grave in Arlington This book tells her story so well and I was glad to learn about t I have to tell you all, before I read this book, I had never heard of Vinnie Ream Vinnie was born in the Wisconsin territory and went on to become a great artist and sculptor, including sculpting President Abraham Lincoln, when she was only 16 years old She eventually would sculpt the statue of Abraham Lincoln that is currently in the Capitol rotunda in Washington DC I hope to see it someday along with her grave in Arlington This book tells her story so well and I was glad to learn about this remarkable woman and artist I encourage you to look her up and see some of her art

  3. Stephanie Watson says:

    Inspiring story excellent writing and illustrations

  4. Laura Rumohr says:

    Summary Vinnie and Abraham is a picture book perfect for kids in the elementary grades A young girl named Vinnie Ream was a young girl who was also a magnificent artist During the Civil War, she and her family moved to Washington D.C and began working at the post office because many of the men who typically worked there were away at war All day while she worked she dreamed of doing art She would even go to the graveyard to look and sketch the beautiful statues One day she stopped by a famo Summary Vinnie and Abraham is a picture book perfect for kids in the elementary grades A young girl named Vinnie Ream was a young girl who was also a magnificent artist During the Civil War, she and her family moved to Washington D.C and began working at the post office because many of the men who typically worked there were away at war All day while she worked she dreamed of doing art She would even go to the graveyard to look and sketch the beautiful statues One day she stopped by a famous sculptor s house and she told him about her love for art and he let her show him her skill He was impressed and hired her to work for him right away Vinnie worked very hard and began sculpting many of the congressmen, and each time she would tell them of her dream to sculpt Abraham Lincoln someday After many congressmen suggested that the president be sculpted by Vinnie, he agreed Her dream came true at just 16 years old After Lincoln died, shortly after Vinnie had worked with him, Congress wanted to hire someone to sculpt a large monument of Lincoln They wanted to find someone qualified and famous, but somehow Vinnie was chosen Her ability was evident The book says, She was the youngest artist and first woman to receive a commission from the U.S It took her five years to build her statue Today her stature stands in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.Review This is a beautiful true story of how a young girl overcame gender and age barriers to do something wonderful She had a passion for art and was very talented and she used her skills to create art that could help people remember such a wonderful president I enjoyed learning the history of this statue, because I think we often forget about the people behind these famous monuments, statues, or buildings The author s note at the end of the book providesbackground information on Vinnie Ream s life anddetails about womens roles during the war The illustrations are done with watercolor, but the best picture is the one on the back cover It is a photograph of Vinnie with the head sculpture she made of Lincoln while he was still alive

  5. Joan says:

    I m still plowing through weeding the J Bios and came across this book and read it It has lousy circulation but I made sure to check it out and in It could be used for several purposes We could pull it out for Presidents Day did you know there is no uniformity among the states of how to punctuate this holiday Some say Presidents , some President s, some do nothing Presidents Day I still prefer the old way of having two holidays, one for the founder of the country, one for Lincoln I m still plowing through weeding the J Bios and came across this book and read it It has lousy circulation but I made sure to check it out and in It could be used for several purposes We could pull it out for Presidents Day did you know there is no uniformity among the states of how to punctuate this holiday Some say Presidents , some President s, some do nothing Presidents Day I still prefer the old way of having two holidays, one for the founder of the country, one for Lincoln We could use this in Women s History Month, we could use it if a kid wants to know a bit about sculpture methods or just to give kids a short biography to read The story itself is of a lady determined to become an artist and who was a great admirer of President LIncoln She kept bugging the various congressmen and senators to mention her name to the president until she succeeded in getting a chance to do his painting Later, after his death, she bugged Congress again until she won over severalwell known artists to get the honor of carving his statue She took a trip to Italy and learnt from sculptors there how best to pick out marble for carving, and I suppose the techniques involved although that wasn t mentioned The author implies that when the statue was unveiled it met with universal approval Personally, I d want to check that last fact but the book itself seems well researched and pretty well written

  6. Sandybear76 says:

    A new book about Lincoln I hadn t read yet This book is about a young girl who wants to sculpt She has a job at the Post Office in DC during the Civil War but she finds a sculptor who will teach her She learns and sculpts Congressmen in DC She asks the men to ask Abraham Lincoln if she could sculpt him too They laugh at her, saying that the President doesn t have time for a young girl, just learning to sculpt But finally someone arranges a meeting for Vinnie to meet Lincoln and she does sc A new book about Lincoln I hadn t read yet This book is about a young girl who wants to sculpt She has a job at the Post Office in DC during the Civil War but she finds a sculptor who will teach her She learns and sculpts Congressmen in DC She asks the men to ask Abraham Lincoln if she could sculpt him too They laugh at her, saying that the President doesn t have time for a young girl, just learning to sculpt But finally someone arranges a meeting for Vinnie to meet Lincoln and she does sculpt him She finishes her project in April and soon after Lincoln is shot Her statue of Lincoln is in the Capitol building still today Great story

  7. Melissa Dwyer says:

    Originally rated G by Tara PezzeDawn Fitzgerald s telling of Vinnie Ream is encouraging and motivating to all who read it This biography of Ream s life tells of her childhood growing up in Wisconsin, her move to Washington, DC, and her being one of the first women hired by the U.S Post Office at the young age of 14, of Fitzgerald writes about Ream s apprenticeship to with a sculptor and how she eventually persuaded President Lincoln to sit for her The text can be a bit wordy but it is simple Originally rated G by Tara PezzeDawn Fitzgerald s telling of Vinnie Ream is encouraging and motivating to all who read it This biography of Ream s life tells of her childhood growing up in Wisconsin, her move to Washington, DC, and her being one of the first women hired by the U.S Post Office at the young age of 14, of Fitzgerald writes about Ream s apprenticeship to with a sculptor and how she eventually persuaded President Lincoln to sit for her The text can be a bit wordy but it is simple and straightforward Catherine Stock s colorful illustrations brighten up the story and make the book sparkle

  8. bjneary says:

    Vinnie Ream enjoys creating sculptures even from a young age She expresses her wish to create a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln while working as an apprentice sculpting different congressmen When Lincoln learns that she was also born in a log cabin and was self taught, he agrees to sit for Vinnie After his death, Vinnie Ream pleads with Congress to allow her to sculpt a memorial statue of President Lincoln Although they think she is too young, she is very persistent and is finally awarded this Vinnie Ream enjoys creating sculptures even from a young age She expresses her wish to create a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln while working as an apprentice sculpting different congressmen When Lincoln learns that she was also born in a log cabin and was self taught, he agrees to sit for Vinnie After his death, Vinnie Ream pleads with Congress to allow her to sculpt a memorial statue of President Lincoln Although they think she is too young, she is very persistent and is finally awarded this commission A first for a woman Her statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in the Capital s rotunda

  9. Stven says:

    This is a fictionalized account of the young Vinnie Ream and how she came to sculpt Lincoln As such, and taking it with the grain of salt that biographies for young readers typically require, a nice book has been produced The prose flows nicely and the pictures are pleasantly colorful, well composed, showing a good attention to period detail though avoiding any wallow in tumult and squalor of Washington, D.C., in the Civil War era In case a reader finishes the book wantingexactitude, This is a fictionalized account of the young Vinnie Ream and how she came to sculpt Lincoln As such, and taking it with the grain of salt that biographies for young readers typically require, a nice book has been produced The prose flows nicely and the pictures are pleasantly colorful, well composed, showing a good attention to period detail though avoiding any wallow in tumult and squalor of Washington, D.C., in the Civil War era In case a reader finishes the book wantingexactitude, the author does provide a list of resources at the end I would also add that some of Vinnie s own speeches can be read at

  10. Amy says:

    I am so glad people write books like this that introduce me to amazing people I would have never known about I need to readabout Vinnie Ream now She sounds like an amazing person I love the quotes in the front, both from her and from Laurel Ulrich Laurel s quote is Well behaved women seldom make history That must be trueI hadn t heard of Vinnie until now I need to findinformation on her The fact that she got to know my favorite president makes me evencurious.

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