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Abraham (Mount Rushmore Presidential Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-29 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1442493194
LANGUAGE:English

" "With malice toward none, with charity for all, " the nation would become one again.An exceptional picture book biography. Recommended as a read-aloud. " said.

" I loved the first person narration using Lincoln's own historical words. Beautifully illustrated! " said.

" I don't generally like first-person biographies though this one seems not to venture into conjecture. The illustrations are gorgeous though I do question what looks like Abe clad in blue jeans (invented in 1871) in two illustrations. I'll be checking out the other biographies in this series though. " said.

"A very beautiful Picture Book biography with illustrations produced from actual oil paintings which used a person as a live model for Lincoln. The text White brief sums up well the linear progression of Lincoln’s life and uses many actual quotes of Lincoln’s to tell his story. My only dislike is the sentence about where Lincoln lived-Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois-perhaps should have come earlier in the text as the illustration where that occurs is of Lincoln as a young man. Lincoln moved from Kentucky at an early age." said.

"Nothing new here other than the narrative is told in first person. Some of his quotes are included at appropriate spots as the text is written. I visited Lincoln's birthplace and his childhood home near Knob Creek just last summer. The cabin shown in the book looks like the Knob Creek home, not his birth cabin. The text implies it is the birth cabin. So, one has to wonder what else wavers from the line of historical accuracy.
The other illustrations are mostly paintings of familiar paintings or statues (the family 'portrait' is of a set of statues at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois).
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"Summary: This story follows Abraham Lincoln growing up and conveys his message throughout his upbringing. It shows a lot of younger Abraham, from being born in a small dirt floor cabin, to expanding their farm through hard work, to growing up and teaching himself to be a lawyer, all the way to his presidency.

Writing Traits:
Word Choice - The language in this is rich, as well as often more period language as it utilizes a lot of quotations from Abraham himself to tell the story.

Classroom Integration:
This would be a great book to have in a collection of text to support students kicking off preparing for History Day or a Wax Museum. This book is leveled 4.6, but appropriate for 2-5 grade. It could easily be read to younger students while learning about the history of America. It brings light of the fight for equality for all and the civil war, it would also be a great book to start talking about that subject and the role Abraham played.
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"Abraham, written by former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, is a worthwhile addition to collections. Told in first person from Lincoln’s point of view, the narrative concentrates on Lincoln’s early life but also covers his career up to the end of the Civil War. As Lincoln tells about formative experiences, primarily hard work and a passion for reading, the text effectively integrates quotes from Lincoln’s own writings. (These passages can be used as models to show students how to incorporate quotes into their own sentences.) Mike Wimmer’s illustrations of young Lincoln intriguingly show him as younger versions of the person we know from the familiar photographs taken later in life. Some of the vocabulary toward the end (emblazoned, unfettered) may be challenging for elementary readers to decode on their own, but the captivating artwork and engaging perspective successfully convey an appealing Abraham Lincoln." said.

" "With malice toward none, with charity for all, " the nation would become one again.An exceptional picture book biography. Recommended as a read-aloud. " said.

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