Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature.
Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he was the TALLEST president, who gave the GREATEST SPEECH and had the STRONGEST conviction. But did you know that he was also the MOST DISTRACTED farmer, the BEST wrestler, and the CRAFTIEST storyteller? Nineteen poems share fascinating stories about events in Lincoln's life, while history notes go even deeper into how he excelled. Don't forget to think of all the ways you, too, are superlative!
|Product dimensions:||7.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Dave Szalay is an illustrator, teacher, and graphic designer with a deep interest in history. While researching this book, he tried to find personal details that would humanize Lincolnlike his love of cats. Dave, his wife, and their own cats live along a stream that runs through the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. www.daveszalay.com
Read an Excerpt
Come read about a legend—
the greatest of the greats;
from a poor boy in the backwoods
to a president, first-rate.
Just how was he outstanding?
How did he top the rest?
What was it that inspired this man
to do his very best?
Come get to know Abe Lincoln.
You’ll find new stories here.
You’ll see that he’s SUPERLATIVE
in many ways—it’s clear!
Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on February 12, 1809. Rising from the humblest beginnings, he became one of the most celebrated leaders in our nation’s history. As one of our greatest presidents, he strove to reach lofty goals. What challenges did he face? What made him so remarkable? These stories just might surprise you.
Most Studious: Yearning to Learn
Abe’s schools weren’t open through the year—
a few weeks there or one month here.
So he kept learnin’
on his own.
No internet. No telephone.
He borrowed books.
He farmed and read—
and pondered stories in his head.
He read the same books every night.
He scribbled notes by candlelight.
No private school.
No framed degree.
Self-learning was Abe’s pedigree!
Amazingly, Abraham Lincoln had less than one year of formal schooling during his entire childhood. As Lincoln put it, his school attendance was “by littles”—a month one year, a few weeks another year. Many years there was no school offered at all in the part of rural Indiana where he grew up. His thirst for knowledge and his curiosity about the world drove him to learn all he could. Lincoln was truly a self-educated man.