Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln

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A spirited biography of the early years of Abraham Lincoln, one of history’s greatest and most important U.S. presidents!
 
Abraham Lincoln grew up poor and without schooling in a Kentucky wilderness and lost his mother before he was ten. It was sparkplug Sally Bush Johnston, who later married Abe’s father, brought a library of books to their log cabin home, and believed in Abe from the beginning. Her confidence in him was an inspiring ...

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Overview

A spirited biography of the early years of Abraham Lincoln, one of history’s greatest and most important U.S. presidents!
 
Abraham Lincoln grew up poor and without schooling in a Kentucky wilderness and lost his mother before he was ten. It was sparkplug Sally Bush Johnston, who later married Abe’s father, brought a library of books to their log cabin home, and believed in Abe from the beginning. Her confidence in him was an inspiring turning point for young Abe, who went on to become one of the most revered and respected presidents in United States history.
 
Full-color illustrations. Includes bibliography!
 
About the Turning Point series:
 
Sometimes there is a happening in our lives that changes the way we think about ourselves and sends us along a new path. These turning points can come when we are young—thorugh a person we meet, an experience we have, a difficulty we overcome.
 
Since 1789, only a small number of people have been president of the United States. What has made these individuals unique? Was there a turning point in their lives that caused them to change direction and set them on a path that led them to the White House?
 
—Judith St. George

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4 This account of Lincoln's childhood is written in fast-paced, short sentences. St. George, author of So You Want to Be President? (Philomel, 2000), uses a folksy, conversational style and incorporates old-fashioned words such as "ignoramus" and "dunderheads" to add to the period feel. She chose incidents from Lincoln's life that will help children understand the man he became, demonstrating an early awareness of the feelings of others and a desire for fairness. She also emphasizes how family members, including his mother and stepmother, helped Lincoln to achieve his potential. Faulkner's humorous illustrations are a perfect match for the text. Children accustomed to typically staid photographs of Lincoln will laugh out loud seeing him depicted as a squalling baby and a young boy riding a pet pig. The expressive images are done in a caricature style, with slightly exaggerated hands, feet, and heads. Large and colorful, the visuals sprawl across the spreads as if the action cannot be easily contained. Although the narrative covers only Lincoln's younger years, his adult professional life is summarized in an endnote.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780147514479
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 1/22/2015
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 years

Meet the Author

Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy RooseveltStand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.

Matt Faulkner (www.mattfaulkner.com) has illustrated such picture books as Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson, Scatterbrain Sam, and many other fiction and nonfiction picture book titles.

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