Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard

Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard

by Steve Metzger, Ann Kronheimer
     
 

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A fresh and heartwarming story about Abraham Lincoln and the young girl who inspired his signature beard.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most recognizable people, let alone presidents, in the history of the United States. Perhaps it's because his face can be seen everywhere from the $5 bill in your wallet and the penny in your pocket to national monuments across

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A fresh and heartwarming story about Abraham Lincoln and the young girl who inspired his signature beard.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most recognizable people, let alone presidents, in the history of the United States. Perhaps it's because his face can be seen everywhere from the $5 bill in your wallet and the penny in your pocket to national monuments across the country. Or maybe it's simply because of his signature beard. Could you ever picture Lincoln without it? I bet you would never guess that there is one little girl in particular to thank for Lincoln's beard.
LINCOLN AND GRACE is the story of Grace Bedell--the eleven-year-old who got a President to listen to her advice. In addition to learning the fascinating true story behind Lincoln's beard, children will love it because it shows that one voice--even one as small as their own--can matter.

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Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
In 1860, at a time in America when women were not permitted to vote, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell cast her vote for Abraham Lincoln to sport a beard. By writing the Presidential candidate a personal letter commenting on her opinion that he would look more attractive with facial hair thus causing the women to influence their husbands to vote for him for President, Grace made a place for herself in history. Unbeknownst to her family, she sent off the letter, so they were surprised when Lincoln wrote a personal response. Grace and her family were in the crowd at the Westfield, New York, train station waiting for the presidential candidate to make a stop and ask for support. Grace was thrilled to be called forward to shake Lincoln's hand and to see for herself that he decided to take her advice, after all, to grow a beard. This inspiring story is excellent for research for students looking for first source original documents. A simulated copy of the letter that Grace wrote Lincoln and the response that Lincoln wrote Grace is included in the back of the book. Also included is a page of historical facts about this era. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Metzger tells the story of 11-year-old Grace Bedell, who in 1860, wrote to the then presidential candidate and advised him to grow a beard since his face was too thin. She assured him that some whiskers would improve his appeal to women and translate into more votes from men. Lincoln actually responded but remained noncommittal on the matter. Once elected, his inaugural train stopped in Grace's hometown, Westfield, New York, and the girl had the chance to shake the hand of the newly minted, bearded president. Sidebars and insets with historical information that relates to the time period appear throughout, but they are awkwardly placed and make for a choppy read. Reproductions of the texts of the letters are appended. Overall, the story is interesting, but the fictional dialogue between Grace and her family members is annoying and the artwork is merely pedestrian. This is strictly a supplemental purchase.—Nancy Jo Lambert, Ruth Borchardt Elementary, Plano, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545484329
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
497,726
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Steve Metzger is the bestselling author of over sixty children’s books, including the Dinofours series, WHEN THE LEAF BLEW IN, and FIVE LITTLE SHARKS SWIMMING IN THE SEA. Steve lives in New York with his family.

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