What Lincoln Said

Summary:

Learn about Abraham Lincoln's life in his own words. Specific events - like how he earned his first dollar - are presented side by side with some of his most recognizable statements.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Children can learn about President Abraham Lincoln's philosophy of life, as well as connect his life events with some of his famous sayings.

Content Awareness Factors:

Although I wouldn't expect portrait-quality renderings, the value of the selected text (and its life lessons) are undermined by the comical main character.


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter wanted to linger over the pages to look at the illustrations. She wasn't really interested in learning more about President Lincoln, the sayings, or what they meant.

Parent Reaction

Flipping through the pages, this looked like a great book. The idea of blending chronological facts and specific statements to create a biography is a really interesting idea. Reading the book, though, fell short of expectations. Lincoln's physical traits gave him a distinguished look. The illustrator, however, drew an almost comic-book representation.

Type of Book:
This picture book uses famous quotes by Abraham Lincoln to tell the story of his life.
Educational Themes:

This is a useful way of presenting specific information about President Lincoln. Combining famous quotes with the event that prompted them is a valuable way to add context for young readers.

Reading Level:
2.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is an interesting book that may have value in a classroom. It is not a book that you'll run to at story time.

Title What Lincoln Said
Author Sarah L. Thomson
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators James E. Ransome
ISBN 9780060848194
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres History - US, Historical Fiction, Biography, War
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