Growing up in southern Indiana, not far from where Abraham Lincoln spent his boyhood, Frances Cavanah has always had a special interest in Lincoln and the people who knew him. Furthermore, she is recognized today as one of America's leading writers of historical books for boys and girls. She has written many books for young people and has also been associate editor of Child Life Magazine. One of her most interesting and beautiful books is OUR COUNTRY'S STORY, a fascinating introduction to American history, told in terms simple enough for children under nine.
Originally published in 1959 by Rand McNally & Company, Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance is a semi-historical fictional short novel, recounting rustic yarns of a teenage Abe Lincoln.
A fresh slant is achieved in this story of Lincoln, written especially for children of the "middle years" and concentrating on his youth and young manhood. In this lively, glowing portrait the author shows us a man who, because of the depth and variety and simple humility of his character, seems to grow more appealing every year.
"In writing this story of Abraham Lincoln, the author depended primarily on Lincoln's own statements and on the statements of his family and friends who had firsthand knowledge of his everyday life. In instances when dialogue had to be imagined, the conversation might logically have taken place in the light of known circumstances. Such descriptive details as were necessarily added were based on authentic accounts of pioneer times." -Frances Cavanah
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