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Whatchamacallit 88: Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

Abraham Lincoln

This book has been mine since when I was born, or thereabout. However, my mother did not leave it in my bedroom: it was always kept in the living room until I was an adult.

The book is signed:

Very special greetings to Adam
from his grandparents friends,
Edgar and Ingri Parin d’Aulaire

Wikipedia says of them:

Ingri d’Aulaire (December 27, 1904 – October 24, 1980) and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (September 30, 1898 – May 1, 1986) were American writers and illustrators of children’s books who worked primarily as a team, completing almost all of their well-known works together. The couple immigrated to the United States from Europe and worked on books that focused on history such as Abraham Lincoln, which won the 1940 Caldecott Medal.

My mother even included a signed copy of transcript of a film about the lives of the duo. Judging from the autographs on this transcript, Ingri is the one who signed my book.

The book provides a broadly accurate summary of Lincoln’s life, omitting the part where he was assassinated.

I like having the book around for sentimental reasons – it’s not a book that I read often – maybe once every five years, but when I see it, I am taken back to Denver and the house that I grew up in.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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