Lincoln and His Boys

Lincoln and His Boys

by Rosemary Wells
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Lincoln and His Boys by Rosemary Wells

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763654351
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Rosemary Wells (www.rosemarywells.com) is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children, including the Max and Ruby titles.

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Lincoln and His Boys 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
elm More than 1 year ago
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.
Richly More than 1 year ago
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.
blouie More than 1 year ago
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.
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civilwargirl More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.