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Author: Keating, Francis Anthony
Takes readers through Abraham Lincoln's life from boyhood to his presidency.
Mount Rushmore Presidential Series
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 187989
Kirkus Reviews (-) (10/01/16)
School Library Journal (11/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2016 This picture-book biography unabashedly celebrates the life of Abraham Lincoln. Laudatory in nature, the text consists of conjured first-person narration combined with judiciously chosen quotes (although there are no source notes). Coverage begins with the impoverished childhood of “humble Abraham Lincoln” and goes through his presidency and the North’s victory during of the Civil War. Much of the early narration emphasizes Lincoln’s passion for reading and self-improvement; once he begins his public life, the emphasis switches to his desire for equality and the preservation of the Union. Each page of text (simple, declarative sentences in a large font) faces a lush, full-color oil painting. These full-page illustrations provide details and context and help humanize the sometimes dry declarations appearing on corresponding pages. The book aptly concludes with the Gettysburg Address. This tribute would serve as a good introduction to our sixteenth president and help counteract the sensationalism surrounding his assassination. A worthy addition to children’s collections, the book’s oversize format and vivid illustrations make this a natural choice for February displays and read-alouds. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 Gr 2–5—This attractive biography is sure to please presidential fact finders. Keating begins with Lincoln's early life as a poor child, and he emphasizes the man's love of books and learning. Lincoln's career as a lawyer and politician is also highlighted, with the story covering his election as president and the Civil War. Details of the war and Lincoln's assassination are kept to a minimum. The text is written in the first person, with actual quotes from Lincoln interspersed throughout. A copy of the Gettysburg Address is included in the back matter. Wimmer's paintings are gorgeously detailed and elevate the text while providing context, especially for young ones. VERDICT Libraries that own the other installments of this series as well as anyone looking for a great presidential biography will want this addition for primary grade collections.—Ellen Norton, Naperville Public Library, IL - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.