Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers


Grace Bedell wrote a letter to then-Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. In her letter, she suggested that he grow a beard. She is thrilled when Mr. Lincoln actually responds. In the end Grace gets to meet this great man and sees how he took her advice and grew a beard.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This picture book helps kids connect to history. The story makes history exciting and relevant.

Content Awareness Factors:

The illustrations did not help out the story. If they had made the pictures more life like instead of like paper dolls on a stage the book would have sold better.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter loved the book; it was one she wanted to read again. She liked that the young girl not only writes a letter by herself, but she gets a letter back from Mr. Lincoln. Her favorite part was when the young girl gets to meet Mr. Lincoln and sees what he looks like. She talked over and over about how this was a true story and how exciting that was.

Parent Reaction

I enjoyed this book! The author did a great job making this real story come to life for the children of today. It was an adventure book filled with history. I knew she was enjoying it because she sat so quiet just waiting to hear what was going to happen next.

Type of Book:
This book tells the true story of a young girl who wrote a letter to Abe Lincoln.
Educational Themes:

There is lots you can do with this book, beyond just history. You can teach about dreams and perseverance; letter writing, customs and etiquette; respect and offering ideas.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. I might by it for a child who loves history. I would also buy it if I were a teacher or librarian.

Title Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
Author Karen B. Winnick
Publisher Boyds Mills Press © 1999
Illustrators Karen B. Winnick
ISBN 1563978059
Material Hard Cover
Genres Historical Fiction, History
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