Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial

By: Linda Book Sweeney

Illustrator: Shawn Fields

This is the story of how a farmboy became America’s foremost sculptor. After failing at academics, Dan was working the family farm when he idly carved a turnip into a frog and discovered what he was meant to do. Sweeney’s swift prose and Fields’s evocative illustrations capture the single-minded determination with which Dan taught himself to sculpt and launched his career with the famous Minuteman Statue in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts.

This is also the story of the Lincoln Memorial, French’s culminating masterpiece. Thanks to this lovingly created tribute to the towering leader of Dan’s youth, Abraham Lincoln lives on as the man of marble, his craggy face and careworn gaze reminding millions of seekers what America can be. Dan’s statue is no lifeless figure, but a powerful, vital touchstone of a nation’s ideals. Now Dan French has his tribute too, in this exquisite biography that brings history to life for young readers.

Time line. Author’s note. Biography of Daniel Chester French. Note on the Lincoln Memorial. List of statues by Daniel Chester French. Selected resources. Illustrator’s note. Historical photographs. Full-color illustrations created with pencil and ink pens.

ISBN: 9780884486435

JLG Release: Oct 2019

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Topics: Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) , Sculptors , Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) , History of the Lincoln Memorial , Sculpture , Civil War (1861–1865) , Nineteenth-century US history , Twentieth-century US history , Concord, Massachusetts , Biography

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First Release

October 2019



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Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader


Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 1080L


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Hardcover edition


Tilbury House

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Daniel Chester French (1850–1931), Sculptors, Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), History of the Lincoln Memorial, Sculpture, Civil War (1861–1865), Nineteenth-century US history, Twentieth-century US history, Concord, Massachusetts, Biography,

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