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ERIC Number: EJ826132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
"Happy Birthday, Mr. President!" New Books for Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial
Young, Terrell A.; Ward, Barbara A.; Day, Deanna
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v21 n3 p30-33 Jan-Feb 2009
Stories about Abraham Lincoln have captivated children for generations. The Lincoln story has taken on almost mythic proportions, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction or exaggeration. Young readers never tire of talking about Lincoln's early days--from his birth in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to his childhood in Indiana--and his rise to national recognition as the nation's president. Many readers are intrigued by his reputation as a hard worker and a self-educated man. This article presents 15 new books commemorating the 200th birthday of the nation's 16th president, born February 12, 1809. Any one of these trade books would make an excellent addition to a classroom collection devoted to Lincoln, the Civil War or the nation's presidents. Since the books use different lenses to examine this complex individual, teachers may use them to point out that historians have different perspectives on events in history. The books offer varying classroom uses as well; for instance, "Chasing Lincoln's Killer" is perfect for independent reading by a strong gifted reader, while "Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale" would provide a delightful read-aloud for a young audience.
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Language: English
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