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George Henry Story - The Man Who Painted Lincoln

George Henry Story - The Man Who Painted Lincoln

Fall 2014 Storytelling
Ages: 10 - 18 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00
Review:

The one-hour narrative reveals the true account of the life from the unpublished autobiography of George Henry Story, who is primarily known for his artistic creation of the 16th President of the United States. This historical account was prepared by George Story's great-great niece, Carolyn Stearns, who also included many of Story's other life adventures--leading up to this significant painting.

Artists during the 1800s typically spent several days sitting with their portrait subjects, but Abraham Lincoln obviously couldn't pose for that long. Story had to find another way, so he sketched and took notes about Lincoln during a variety of unusual and sequential political settings. Story's inspiring portrait of Abraham Lincoln now hangs in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington DC.

Stearns delivers Story's chronicle in an interesting Mark-Twain-style that could be used to enhance both art and social studies classes, especially those studying the Civil War or the hardships of New England life. Her research and talents make this product an intriguing and important listen for families and addition to a school library.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


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