|Honey, the dog who saved Abe Lincoln|
Author: Swanson, Shari
Based on primary sources, the true story of Abraham Lincoln being rescued from a cave by his rescue dog.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 506655
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/19)
School Library Journal (12/01/19)
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Booklist - 11/15/2019 Carrying a sack of ground corn home from the mill, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln is walking through the woods when he finds a dog with a broken leg. He makes a splint, leads the dog home, and names him Honey. The next time Abe takes corn to the mill, he and Honey explore a cavern and the boy gets stuck. When he doesn’t return to collect the corn meal, the townsfolk gather to look for him. Honey leads them into the cavern, where the miller pulls the child out of a crevice. Safe again, Abe reflects that Honey has paid him back. An author’s note clarifies that the story was recorded by a journalist who interviewed Lincoln’s childhood friend in the late 1800s. Since the interviews took place some 80 years after the events and were published 25 years later, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction, but Swanson’s story reads aloud well. Groenink’s appealing digital illustrations portray young Abe and Honey within idyllic Kentucky landscapes and haunting, torch-lit cavern scenes. An enjoyable, Lincoln-themed picture book. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2019 PreS-Gr 3—This picture book reads like a storytime fable but is based on the actual memories of Lincoln's childhood friend, Austin Gollaher. When a young Lincoln rescued a dog with a broken leg, the two quickly become inseparable. Consequently, when Lincoln became stuck in a cave, Honey raced back to town to get help. The tale ends with Lincoln and Honey continuing their adventures together, day after day, in Knob Creek, KY. Back matter includes a time line of Lincoln's life, focusing heavily on his relationships with animals, and an author's note in which Swanson addresses her sources and the relative truth of the tale. This will read aloud nicely at preschool storytimes and would make a great addition to an early elementary discussion of Lincoln, showing him as a boy their own age with a soft spot for animals. VERDICT Not essential, but a sweet piece of narrative nonfiction. Consider where units on Abraham Lincoln exhaust current resources or for a biography storytime.—Taylor Worley, Springfield Public Library, OR - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.