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 Abe's honest words : the life of Abraham Lincoln
 Author: Rappaport, Doreen

 Illustrator: Nelson, Kadir

 Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children
 Pub Year: 2016

 Dewey: 973.092
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [42] p., col. ill., 29 cm.

 BTSB No: 739618 ISBN: 9781423104087
 Ages: 8-10 Grades: 3-5

 Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865

Price: $14.21

Biography of a great president from the time he was a boy until he guided the nation through a long, bitter civil war.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 127685
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 45985

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 4.RI Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 3 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 3.RI Key Ideas & Details

   Kirkus Reviews (10/15/08)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/10/08)
   Booklist (+) (06/01/08)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (10/08)
 The Hornbook (11/08)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 10/01/2008 Gr 3-6-Written in prose as elegant and spare as that of its subject, this distinguished book takes readers from Abe's backwoods boyhood in Kentucky to his first harrowing witnessing of slavery in New Orleans, on to the Illinois legislature and the presidency. Each half-page of generously spaced text appears against a white background. Rappaport's carefully chosen words are both accessible and effective: "The war dragged on./Lincoln grew sadder and sadder/as more men died." Until, "The South finally surrendered./The job of healing the nation began./But Lincoln was not there to help./An assassin's bullet ended his life." Corresponding quotes from Lincoln appear in italics, e.g., "The moment came when I felt that slavery must die that the nation might live!" Handsome, larger-than-life paintings fill the remaining page and a half of each spread with powerful images--of Abe as a strong, lanky youth with a book or oar in hand, then later as a lawyer with unkempt hair, feather pen, and midnight candles burning. Readers see the somber, resigned faces of slaves-young and old-first in chains, then picking cotton under a blazing sun, and later the proud faces of an all-black regiment of the Union Army. From Lincoln's striking countenance on the cover-scruffy dark hair tinged with gray, big ears, bright eyes, and benevolent face, lined with worry and age-to the end, this is one Lincoln book that all libraries will want to have.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 10/01/2008 In time for the Lincoln bicentennial, Rappaport reprises the successful format of Martin’s Big Words (BCCB 1/02), which introduced the life and eloquence of the civil rights activist to elementary grade children. Able storytelling, informal but never folksy, lays out the essential Lincoln biography in one fluid sweep, interrupted only by the subject’s own words, aptly selected to showcase both better- and lesser-known speech excerpts and observations. For instance, when the narration simply notes, “He became a lawyer. His clients praised ‘Honest Old Abe. . . .” Lincoln adds, “Resolve to be honest at all events, and if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation.” Nelson’s paintings, often three-quarter-spread images, are equally capable of presenting Lincoln as a national icon and as a small-town guy made good. Much of the power of the compositions comes from attention to the responses of citizens who listen to his speeches with expressions of intense interest, trust, or outright skepticism. A timeline, a copy of the Gettysburg Address, and a bibliography are appended, as well as a list of children’s books for further reading. Expect this title to see plenty of circulation well beyond February 12th, 2009. EB - Copyright 2008 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

Booklist - 06/01/2008 *Starred Review* This collaboration between Rappaport and Nelson provides a sweeping arc of Lincoln’s life, jumping from his humble beginnings and his early political career through his struggles to preserve the Union and to help abolish slavery. Rappaport writes in a very free verse and on each page echoes her narrative with prescient samplings of Lincoln’s words. In the generously sized artwork, which fills three-quarters of each spread, Nelson makes the familiar face, staring out at us from various currencies, exciting again, showing deep furrows and wearied creases, and on the few occasions when Lincoln falls prey to looking like a wooden statue, it is the faces of the people surrounding him, watching him and judging him, that carry the weight of the artwork’s impact. Nelson has the uncanny ability to telegraph a full range of emotion in the faces, especially in the eyes of his subjects, and it is in these details that he displays the true immensity of his talent. Minimally, his work is compelling; at best, it’s spellbinding. The exceptional art, along with Rappaport’s and Lincoln’s words, makes this a fine celebration of a man who needs little introduction. - Copyright 2008 Booklist.

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