Abraham Lincoln: The 16th President

Abraham Lincoln: The 16th President

by Carin T. Ford

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Children's Literature
One of the more interesting and not often mentioned facts about Lincoln is that he hated killing. He hated it as a child, not liking to hunt even though his family was very poor, and later, as President, he hated the killing that took place on the battlefields during the Civil War. The author opens this neat little biography for younger children with this interesting and telling piece of information. It is shame that we are not told more about the sensitive and gentle nature of the man who was the 16th President of the United States. The author does tell us however how simple and unaffected Lincoln was, enjoying the company of the common man. We are also given interesting little details which help bring the photographs and illustrations to life. Lincoln worked on a flatboat, in a store, as a postmaster, and was often seen wearing clothes that were clearly way too small for him. He arrived in Springfield with a mere $7 in his pockets and used to store bills and papers in his stovepipe hat. One point that could have been made clearer in this book was that the Civil War did not just occur just because of the differences in opinion over slavery between the northern and southern states. In the beginning of the war Lincoln was determined to keep the United States together, as a Union, and he would not tolerate the succession of any state from that Union for any reason. All in all a very good introduction to Abraham Lincoln and his life's work. At the back of the book the reader will find a timeline, a "Words to Know" section, a "Learn More" section which lists both books and Internet sites, and an index. This is one of the "Heroes of American History" books. 2003, Enslow Publishers Inc.
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Good introductions to these presidents, presented in an attractive, open format. The first book begins with Jefferson's upbringing in Virginia, where he lived in a world of books, music, and knowledge and discusses the contributions for which he is so well known today. Abraham Lincoln's humble beginnings are explored, as well as his love for books and learning. Each title covers not only each man's accomplishments, but also his problems, such as Jefferson's ownership of slaves despite speaking out against slavery, and Lincoln's moodiness and sloppy habits. Each title is complete enough to be useful for reports and the texts have a narrative flow. Numerous photos, illustrations, and maps enhance the presentations and bring a human element to these storied names.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Heroes of American History Series
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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