Abe Lincoln : The Boy Who Loved Books

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In a tiny log cabin
a boy listened
with delight
to the storytelling
of his ma and pa.
He traced letters
in sand, snow, and dust.
He borrowed books
and walked miles
to bring them back.

When he grew up,
he became the
sixteenth president
of the United States.
His name was
Abraham Lincoln.

He loved books.
They changed his life.
He changed the world.

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Kay Winters was a classroom teacher and a college instructor before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of Wolf Watch, named to the Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year list, and also an ABA Kids' Pick of the Lists. Other books include Tiger Trail, Did You See What I Saw?: Poems About School, and the Teeny Tiny Ghost series. She loves visiting schools to speak about her books. Kay lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Earl. Visit her Web site at www.kaywinters.com.

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Carpenter's (Fannie in the Kitchen) expressive oil paintings lend an appropriately sturdy air to this picture book biography of the 16th president. Winters (Wolf Watch) traces Lincoln's path "from the wilderness to the White House," beginning in the one-room cabin where he first spoke and progressing to his later career as a self-taught lawyer and politician who "aimed his words at wrongs he'd like to right." With an eye for details of particular interest to a young audience (such as the fact that as a boy, Lincoln plowed with a book in his back pocket for reading during frequent breaks), the author highlights the main points of Lincoln's life. Her free-verse narrative takes on a suitably homespun directness ("His ideas stretched./ His questions rose./ His dreams stirred," she writes as young Abe watches people pass by on the Cumberland Trail), a quality echoed in Carpenter's choice of oils on rough-textured canvas, in a style reminiscent of Grandma Moses's work. Frontier life unfolds in warm earth-toned shades, and the artist sets a brisk pace by interspersing smaller vignettes with full-bleed vistas. The pages bustle with spry figures, including Lincoln himself, a wiry lad with a shock of unruly hair, big ears and highwater pants. An author's note fleshes out more of the important events of Lincoln's life. This fine introduction to a president over whom, from boyhood, "letters cast a magic spell" points up a valuable message-that of the importance of words in shaping ideas and lives. Ages 5-8.
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