This title is part of a series of chapter books for beginning readers. It is nicely illustrated and includes extras such as quotes from Lincoln, questions in sections called “jump in the think tank,” timelines, a glossary and a bibliography.
The author engages young readers right away, reminding them that they may well have seen Lincoln on coins and dollar bills. She then begins the biography with the complicated issues and wrongs of slavery, writing factually and not minimizing or talking down to her readers.
As an adult reader, I learned things about Lincoln that I had not known. For example, I had not known much about the death of Lincoln’s mother which left young Abraham with a lingering sadness. I also read about the positive impact that Abe’s father’s second wife had on him.
The reader follows as Abe leaves home and finds his way in the world and marries, culminating in his becoming the president. There is a clear explanation of the circumstances surrounding the Civil War and its impact on Lincoln. His assassination is also described as is the sadness of so many when he died.
Throughout this book, Lincoln’s essential goodness stands out. I was very impressed with the way in which the author wrote and put together this title. It is an excellent, readable resource for elementary school children.
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