Abraham Lincoln is on his way to Washington, DC. Will he be president? No one knows yet. Not even his son Willie who has joined him on this train ride from Chicago. Through this story, we follow Lincoln's journey from Illinois to the White House and through the Civil War through the eyes of Willie (11) and Tad (7).
Beautiful illustrations, exceptional writing, short chapters and history told by their "peers" will engage kids in understanding the Lincoln family and their public and private lives.
This is an incredibly well-researched, well-written story. As an adult I knew most of the facts, but hearing it from the Lincoln boys' perspective added a lot to the history.
This is an illustrated historical fiction novel for independent readers.
There is lots to explore in this story: family dynamics, growing up in the white house, death, Civil War, life in 19th century America, etc.
9 and Up
8 to 12
Borrow, at least. This is a slim volume that would make a wonderful gift and/or an addition to a collector's shelf.