A. Lincoln and Me

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Skinny as a beanpole and tall for his age, an awkward young boy learns that Abraham Lincoln was often called ³gorilla² and ³backward hick² by his peers. Yet along with big hands and big feet, Lincoln had the amazing gift to lead a nation through a troubled time. The poetic story by Louise Borden and magnificent paintings by Caldecott Honor recipient Ted Lewin introduce young children to a wonderful boy and a great president.

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Overview

Skinny as a beanpole and tall for his age, an awkward young boy learns that Abraham Lincoln was often called ³gorilla² and ³backward hick² by his peers. Yet along with big hands and big feet, Lincoln had the amazing gift to lead a nation through a troubled time. The poetic story by Louise Borden and magnificent paintings by Caldecott Honor recipient Ted Lewin introduce young children to a wonderful boy and a great president.

With the help of his teacher, a young boy realizes that he not only shares his birthday and similar physical appearance with Abraham Lincoln, but that he is like him in other ways as well.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The gangly narrator of this earnest tale shares a birthday with Abraham Lincoln; moreover, the boy has big hands and feet and is "skinny as a beanpole/ and tall for my age." When his outsize features invite teasing from classmates, his kind, articulate teacher, Mrs. Giff, also draws on the boy's resemblance to the famous president: "Lincoln had big hands, too. Strong hands.... Strong enough to split rails for a fence, and wrestle two men at a time, and pull 36 states back together.... Big hands and a big heart." Lewin's (Peppe the Lamplighter) realistic watercolor portraits bring the youngster and his changing emotions into close focus, while rough background sketches render the former president. The juxtaposition of these elements simultaneously conveys the feel of two distinct eras and reinforces the parallels stressed in the text. Borden's (Good Luck, Mrs. K.!) use of body type to link the boy and his hero gives her inspirational story a fresh, child-geared slant, and her descriptions of Lincoln are often poetic and pertinent. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
There are 365 birthdays a year and the young boy in this book shares his special days with our 16th President, A. Lincoln and Me by Louise Borden. A nine-year-old boy lists all the ways that Abe and he are alike. The reader learns about Abe's physical traits, his accomplishments, and what people thought about him. Lewin's paintings are full of life with shades of light that make this unique book sparkle. When the boy passes a bronze statue of Lincoln, he thinks, "Big buttons on his coat. Big words in his heart. Big hands and big feet like mine." The union of text and paintings are perfection. Don't miss this. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 6 to 10, $15.95. Reviewer: Jan Lieberman
Kirkus Reviews
A boy who shares Abraham Lincoln's birthday muses on what Lincoln means to him. He's tall and skinny and has big hands and feet, just like A. Lincoln (he didn't like to be called Abe). "Big buttons on his coat. Big words in his heart. Big hands and big feet like mine" the boy notes as he passes a bronze statue of Lincoln while riding the school bus. When the boy's buddies call him "Butterfingers" and "Butterfeet" because he stumbles into wet paint, his teacher tells him that Lincoln was called names such as "gorilla" and "baboon." Lewin's illustrations are the clear, realistically modeled watercolors readers have come to expect, placed over or against black-and-white drawings of Lincoln. These images of Lincoln at different points in his life make a powerful collage, which Lewin creates with fervor. There's nothing preachy about Borden's text, which makes the boy's connection to this historical figure immediate, honest, and straightforward. It introduces Lincoln with beautiful simplicity to the youngest of children. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590457156
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 162,410
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 17.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Louise Borden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1949. Inspired by a grandmother who loved history, Borden grew up fascinated by the stories of ordinary people and their relation to historical events. An avid reader of nonfiction and historical fiction, Borden majored in history at Denison University. She worked as a teaching assistant and later as a teacher for young children and realized a lifelong dream when she became co-owner of The Bookshelf, a bookstore in her hometown of Cincinnati.

In 1971, Borden (then Walker) married Peter Borden. It was when the younger of their two daughters started elementary school that Borden began work on her first children's book, Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens: A Book About the Four Seasons. Her love of history has come into play in many of the books that have followed, as has her experience — through both teaching and parenthood — with children's thoughts, feelings, and concerns. Borden enjoys playing tennis, watching baseball (she's still an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds), and reading, a pastime which keeps her mindful of the interests of her audience.

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