Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Recommendation: Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln!

Today marks the 204th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth (born February 12, 1809).  In honor of his birthday, here is a book recommendation:


Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is an engaging, superbly-illustrated picture book centered around Abraham Lincoln's feelings about and fight against slavery. Filled with actual quotes by Lincoln ("If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember when I did not so think, and feel so."), in addition to the story, this book is a great introduction to our sixteenth president and his part in the fight to end slavery. Nelson's stunning illustrations educe a sense of place and time that helps not only with the setting, but with evoking the gravity of the subject matter. Abe's Honest Words also contains excellent back matter including a timeline of Lincoln's life (very useful for details not found in the story), recommendations for further reading, and the Gettysburg address in its entirety.

Do you have any favorite books about Abraham Lincoln? Let us know in the comments!


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