Monday, January 23, 2012

Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel

Starting with Civil War battle scenes that showcase the fury of battle with a terrifying immediacy and moving through to Lincoln’s address, author/illustrator Butzer brings home the sentiment behind the history-making cemetery dedication with a substance and reality that is very timely. Combining words from actual letters of the time with accessible and expressive art, he introduces young readers to the idea that they may owe something to those who sacrificed all they had for democracy. YA

Flow of History teachers arrived at book discussion either loving or hating this graphic novel. Some teachers had never read a graphic novel before. By the end of the session, just about everyone grew to appreciate how well the author was able to depict Gettysburg as a turning point in the war.

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