Historians claim him as one of America’s most revered presidents. But to his rambunctious sons, Abraham Lincoln was above all a playful and loving father. Here is Lincoln as seen by two of his boys: Willie, thrilled to be on his first train trip when Lincoln was deciding to run for president; Willie and Tad barging into Cabinet meetings to lift Lincoln’s spirits in the early days of the Civil War, Tad accompanying him to Richmond just after the South’s defeat. With the war raging and the Union under siege, we see history unfolding through Willie’s eyes and then through Tad’s — and we see Lincoln rising above his own inborn sadness and personal tragedy through his devotion to his sons. With evocative and engaging illustrations by P.J. Lynch, Rosemary Wells offers a carefully researched biography that gives us a Lincoln not frozen in time but accessible and utterly real.
Back matter includes an author’s note.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
P.J. Lynch is an Irish artist who has illustrated several books with American themes, including THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY and WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA. To illustrate LINCOLN AND HIS BOYS, he traveled with Rosemary Wells to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, and assembled hundreds of contemporary photographs, daguerreotypes, and etchings of Lincoln.
He lives in Dublin.
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Every evening my brother Tad and I run over to Father's office on the corner of Adams Street. We huck handfuls of pebbles up at the windowpanes so Father knows we are coming. Tad is smaller than I am, but he can throw the pebbles harder and make more noise.
Excerpted from "Lincoln and His Boys"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you believe a kid should love a book in his hand and a story to remember this one is it. In this story we see that President Lincoln loved his boys unabashedly. His boys know this and they love him right back. The story begins before Lincoln's election and ends before his death. The boys can be rascals but their mother insists on good manners and respectful behavior. Lincoln traveled with his young sons and took them to work with him. The boys felt comfortable going to get their dad when they felt he'd had enough work for the day - barging into cabinet meetings or jumping up on his desk displacing papers and knocking over his books. He spoke with his children openly about the events of the time and the struggles he and the nation were facing. We learn about the family's losses and how each member of the family dealt with sorrow. The story is written appropriately for the age group listed. Lincoln and His Boys has a prominent place on the kids library shelf.
This short little book with wonderful illustrations was a joy to read and a quick read in one day. Lincoln was a good dad and I have much more respect for him now that I have read this.
It was so fun and refreshing to read this wonderful book about Lincoln as a loving father from the perspective of his precious sons. We often forget that people in the public eye are just regular "moms" or "dads" to their children. This story helps us to see Lincoln as his sons saw him, a loving and patient father, or "Papa-Day" as Tad called him. You also relive the family's loss of Willie, and the terrible burden of the Civil War on President Lincoln. You also get a glimpse of how much easier the South's recovery from the war would have been if Lincoln had not been murdered by a Southern sympathizer. This may be a children's book, but it is not a childish book. All ages will be the richer for reading this lovely little book.
Based on actual events, Lincoln and His Boys contains three stories of Abraham Lincoln's youngest sons Willie and Tad. It's definitely interesting to see Lincoln through the eyes of his sons, but Rosemary Wells says in the author's note, "No detail was imagined or invented except the dialogue and the circumstances in which it took place." I have to wonder: why even fictionalize it? Why not just write a straight nonfiction book? The book is definitely marketed and cataloged as fiction, but I would have been on board with it if it had been done as nonfiction or biography. As a fiction story, I found it pretty boring.
Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells is a genuine sweet and moving portrait of the unique bond shared between Abraham Lincoln and his younger sons Willie and Tad. The book opens in 1859 when Willie is given the special honor of traveling with his father to Chicago while Lincoln attends to his law practice and to trying to secure the 1860 Republican nomination for President. The book then moves to 1861 and the world wind days for Willie and Tad of being the President's sons, but the Civil War soon erupts and the boys must cope with the new burdens placed on their father and the fear that their father has become a target for assassination. The last half deals with the death of Willie and the rest of the Civil War seen through Tad's eyes as he tries to bring light to his parents souls. The book concludes with Union victory and burden of war being finally lifted from Lincoln's shoulders. At just 96 pages at times the book feels a little rushed, especially in Tad's section. But the illustrations are beautiful and this book sheds light on the often overlooked aspect of Abraham Lincoln as a deeply loving and caring father.
2009 marks the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. There are many things that history books may tell us about the former president, but not many show Mr. Lincoln through the eyes of his sons. LINCOLN AND HIS BOYS sets out to do just that.
Through Willie and Tad we get to see a side of Lincoln we don't always see. He was playful and loving with his boys, and many times the president took refuge from the hardships of war in his children and family.
Author Rosemary Wells has written a wonderfully researched story of the Lincoln family told from the point of view of Willie and Tad.
I have always been fascinated with the Lincoln family and this book was a wonderful treat. The illustrations are so beautiful that they evoke emotion from the reader, and I could hear the laughter of Willie, Tad, and Mr. Lincoln playing in the White House.
LINCOLN AND HIS BOYS is a great gift for history fans of all ages and a perfect way to celebrate this amazing family.