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Honest Abe Lincoln: Easy-to-Read Stories about Abraham Lincoln

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This spirited Holiday House reader highlights the life and accomplishments of an American hero. Includes a time line of important dates as well as source notes and author's notes.

Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest presidents. Born into humble beginnings, he lived in a log cabin and helped run the family farm. Later he became a store clerk, postmaster, and lawyer. People liked Abe's funny stories and kind words, and he quickly ...

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Overview

This spirited Holiday House reader highlights the life and accomplishments of an American hero. Includes a time line of important dates as well as source notes and author's notes.

Abraham Lincoln was one of America's greatest presidents. Born into humble beginnings, he lived in a log cabin and helped run the family farm. Later he became a store clerk, postmaster, and lawyer. People liked Abe's funny stories and kind words, and he quickly earned a reputation for his honesty. Abraham Lincoln took this honesty with him all the way to the White House.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula K. Zeller
From Abraham Lincoln's birth to his death, this book highlights the man's character and accomplishments with not one wasted word. Readers will learn that as a young boy Lincoln would stop his plowing "so his horse could rest and he could read." Later, he was an honest shopkeeper and then a diligent postmaster who hand-delivered letters he carried in his tall hat. Another chapter tells that when Lincoln was a lawyer traveling on horseback and dressed in a new suit, his conscience would not let him ignore a pig stuck in a muddy field. Lincoln was a good storyteller, and in the "A Talent for Hunting" chapter, one of his stories is reproduced from a 1901 book, Lincoln's Yarns and Stories. In the next to last chapter, we learn that an eleven-year-old girl wrote a letter to Lincoln before the presidential election to encourage him to grow a beard—an amusing story that might inspire readers to write their own persuasive letters. The final chapter is a mini-history of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination. Back matter includes important dates, sources, and notes. This book's short sentences, brief chapters, and large type make for easy reading. But it is David A. Adler's well researched, high interest stories, well told—coupled with John Wallner's charming watercolor illustrations—that will engage beginning readers and give them a positive early experience with U.S. history. Reviewer: Paula K. Zeller
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Seven two- to four-page chapters offer a simplified overview of our 16th president. Subjects include Lincoln's birth and pioneer life, his storytelling, and his honesty working as a store clerk; 11-year-old Grace Bedell's request that he grow a beard; and, finally, his term as president, a chapter that includes the reasons behind the Civil War and the assassination. Wallner's cartoonlike watercolors, which fill about half of each page, depict Lincoln with light or blond hair. Adler lists four sources and includes four notes on the text and a short time line. This book provides the kinds of details that reluctant young historians will welcome.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Seven chapters introduce early readers to the life of Abraham Lincoln. Short declarative sentences recount the iconic stories that gave the 16th president the moniker "Honest Abe." There are the stories of the three-mile walk to return six cents and the balance of a tea order to a customer and of how Lincoln stored mail in his hat for delivery. Lesser-known tales about how Lincoln freed a mud-trapped pig, told great stories and grew a beard to please a little girl work together to add depth and detail to this early reader. Adler addresses more serious topics when he mentions Lincoln's feelings about slavery and the assassination. Wallner's soft watercolors reflect both the humor and seriousness of this compact biography. At times, the number of words per page might overwhelm the newest readers, but children with an interest in Lincoln will find the information fascinating. The timeline and source notes may be unusual in an early chapter book, but they're a welcome addition for the budding historian. (Early reader/biography. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823420575
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 544,161
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Adler's popular books for children range from picture book biographies to math picture books to chapter books. Visit him on the web at www.davidaadler.com.

John Wallner has illustrated dozens of books for children, including Helen Keller, a Booklist Top 10 Easy Reader, and President George Washington, praised as "inviting. . . . A solid, simple introduction" by Booklist.

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