Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln


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From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong. A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved toward greater equality and prosperity.

Despite the obstacles he faced as a self-educated man from the back woods, Lincoln persevered in his political career, and his compassion and honesty gradually earned him the trust of many Americans. As president, he guided the nation through a long and bitter civil war and penned the document that would lead to the end of slavery in the United States.

The passion for humanity that defined Lincoln's life shines through in this momentous follow-up to Martin's Big Words and John's Secret Dreams. Told in Doreen Rappaport's accessible, absorbing prose, and brought to life in powerful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, Abe's Honest Words is an epic portrait of a truly great American president.

Praise for the Big Words series:

Martin's Big Words
* 2002 Caldecott Honor Book
* 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor Book
* Child Magazine Best Book of 2001
* New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2001

* "A stunning, reverent tribute."
- School Library Journal, starred review

Abe's Honest Words
* "Exceptional art, along with Rappaport's and Lincoln's words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction."
- Booklist, starred review

Eleanor, Quiet No More
* "Once again Rappaport celebrates a noble, heroic life in powerful, succinct prose, with prominent, well-chosen, and judiciously placed quotes that both instruct and inspire...Celebrate women in history and in politics with this picture-book life."
- School Library Journal, starred review

Helen's Big World
* "Stirring and awe-inspiring."
- The Horn Book, starred review

To Dare Mighty Things
* "[T]his lavish picture-book biography deftly captures the legendary man's bold, exuberant nature. . . . A truly inspiring tribute to a seemingly larger-than-life U.S. president."
- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Theodore Roosevelt's big ideas and big personality come together in this splendid picture-book biography."
- Booklist, starred review

* "Concisely written and yet poetic, this is a first purchase for every library."
- School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484749586
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Big Words Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 156,952
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Doreen Rappaport's nonfiction and historical fiction books have been acclaimed for their meticulous research and varied literary styles. She is the recipient of the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild lifetime achievement award for the writing of nonfiction. Among her many award-winning biographies are Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., illustrated by Bryan Collier, a Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner; Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, a CCBC Best Book of the Year, an IRA Teacher's Choice, and winner of Library of Virginia's Whitney and Scott Cardoza Award; and Helen's Big World, illustrated by Matt Tavares, an ALA Notable Book for Middle Readers, CCBC Best Book of the Year, and an Oppenheim SNAP (Special Needs Adaptable Products) Award winner. She lives and writes in upstate New York. Visit her at www.doreenrappaport.com.

Kadir Nelson is the illustrator of many books for children, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, an NAACP Image Award winner, a Caldecott Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner; and Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner. He is also the author/illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, winner of the Coretta Scott King and Robert F. Sibert Awards , and I Have a Dream, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor winner, among others. Kadir lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit him online at www.kadirnelson.com.

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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
mmleynek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I really admire Abraham Lincoln and so I love reading anything I can find about him. I like the way this book combined actual quotes from some of his speeches.Curricular Connections:I would use this for a unit on biographies or for a study on the Civil War.
KarriesKorner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the front cover to the back cover and every page in between, it is easy for the reader to get caught up in the beauty of the artwork. Every page is rich with texture, feeling and expression. The picture of the chained slaves evoked so much emotion from me when I first saw it, that it took me several minutes before I could turn the page. I felt like I had been swallowed by the picture.The text provides two different stories. The first story is Abraham Lincoln's biography, providing facts and details about his life as a young boy, a young statesman and finally as the President of the United States. The italic text appear to be Lincoln's written or spoken words, but I was unsure of that. I would've liked to see a citation about where the italic text came from, i.e., journals, letters, etc. Of course some of the italic text is easy to identify: "Four score and seven years ago...."If the author and the illustrator had not collaborated, I don't think the book would've been nearly as effective. It's the combination of the two that bring this book to life. I highly recommend this book for 1st - 8th graders. While that is a big span of age ranges, I believe that the younger kids will understand the story and enjoy the pictures, and the older kids will be engaged from the moment they see the cover.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I viewed a galley copy that a colleague of mine got at ALA. A rather simplistic overview of Abraham Lincoln's life that is too short to be a book read by schoolchildren at the reading level that would be required and too wordy to be enjoyed by younger children who would squirm as something was read aloud. The author includes bibliographies for further study, but they are mostly books written for adults that would do little for upper elementary schoolchildren. The illustrations were okay but not outstanding.
nathaliewargo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3starP. Ages 8 and up. A biography of Abraham Lincoln in verse form.I don't think it shows characteristics of RC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book for my 4th grader. Engaging. I highly recommend this book for elementary students. An excellent resource to help with a report on President Lincoln.
mothergooseJF More than 1 year ago
We bought this book for a book report assignment. We ended up reading it as a family over and over. It is as beautiful as it is educational. One of my favorite books of all time.
allackner More than 1 year ago
As a huge admirer of Kadir Nelson (see my review of WE ARE THE SHI), I was also impressed by this book. In fact, we have six granchildren (ages 18-4 1/2) and I gave the three groups ( 3,2, and 1) each copy of this marvelous book - for many reasons.
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