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: 01/05/2011
- Category: Non-fiction
- ISBN: 9780810940659