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Quite Contrary Man: True American, Hardback Book

Quite Contrary Man: True American Hardback

Illustrated by Kathryn Brown


In early-nineteenth-century New England, folks considered a clean chin a sign of godliness.

Born into this buttoned-up, strict society, Joseph Palmer stood out from childhood as someone who liked to do things his own way.

A friend to Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Alcotts, Palmer lived by his own code and grew a belly-flowing beard that made his neighbors so crazy that they tried forcibly to shave him.

He fought back and ended up in prison for a year. His cause became a local sensation, and a few short decades later a president of the United States-Abraham Lincoln-would wear a beard.

Narrated with the charm of a tall tale, this true story celebrates the long American history of nonconformity and encourages children to question social rules they may take for granted.Praise for Quite Contrary Man"She [Hyatt] cleanly lays out a morality tale that could prompt a healthy civics lesson.

Brown's arch illustrations, in watercolor with pen and ink, nicely capture 19th-century New England." -Kirkus Reviews "Brown's warmhued watercolors reiterate the folk yarn feel with rustic touches.

A spirited introduction to an iconoclastic 19th-century activist." -Publishers Weekly


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9780810940659

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