Using a picture-book format, Livingston relates the life of Abraham Lincoln in quatrains, and Byrd uses full-page watercolors to depict the boy who grew up to become a lawyer, was elected president, lived through the Civil War, and then was assassinated. At her best, Livingston uses Lincoln's own words to weave her story. At her worst, she descends to something close to doggerel: "Born in a log cabin / Work was what he knew, / Helped chop trees, plant corn, split logs. / Abe just grew and grew." Still, the simply told story and the large, detailed illustrations provide an age-appropriate introduction to Lincoln for primary students. The misleading jacket blurb tells us that Livingston uses several quotes, including the following "from the Gettysburg Address": "Fervently do we pray / That this mighty scourge of war / May speedily pass away." The words actually came from the second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, a fact Livingston supplies in her careful source notes.