In A Lincoln and Me, a skinny boy is teased because of his build until a wise teacher compares him to the outstanding Abraham Lincoln. The young boy--also born on February 12--begins to see similarities between himself and Lincoln, which makes him hopeful for his future. Readers will learn about Lincoln's nature and enjoy the realistic watercolor pictures.
As teachers, we like the history of this book, of course, but we also really like the message. It can be so hard for children to relate to these 'stuffy old men' they learn about in school. They lived so long ago, they are old and have gray hair, they didn't even play video games... :) This book does a really good job of personalizing the man, and does so in a way that really will cause children to wonder how they are like Abraham Lincoln themselves. In fact, that's the discussion question we ask the class when done reading this book.
Interest Level: Kindergarten-Grade 3
DRA Level: 24
Lexile Measure: 650L
Grade Equivalent: 2.7
Guided Reading Level: M
School Library Journal rightly promises that this is "a story that's likely to spark discussion about heroes and role models." And Kirkus Reviews said "there's nothing preachy about Borden's text, which makes the boy's connection to this historical figure immediate, honest, and straightforward. It introduces Lincoln with beautiful simplicity to the youngest of children."
Below are sample pages from inside this book. Illustrator Ted Lewin has previously won a Caldecott Medal for his illustrations (in Peppe the Lamplighter). To see larger versions of these pages, simply click on the images.
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