Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Addressby Jean Fritz
Abraham Lincoln was one busy man. He had a country to run. And a war to win. And a family to care for. But when it came time to honor all the soldiers who had died in the great battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln still took time to say a few words. Two hundred and seventy-one to be exact. Here is a true story about a great man and his famous speech.
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Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.
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We had read several of the short biographical books for young children by Jean Fritz, such as George Washington's Breakfast; And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?; and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?. Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln, an "All Aboard Reading" book for "Station Stop 3," provides a look at the private side of Abraham Lincoln and a summary of the circumstances surrounding his short but memorable address at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery. We found this book for children who are just reading alone at one of the Lincoln sites that we visited in eastern Illinois.