WHAT LINCOLN SAID by Sarah L. Thompson and illustrated by James E. Ransome.

February 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

lincoln-saidThe text is built around the brief quotes (highlighted in red or yellow) from Lincoln.  Short simple paragraphs depict events from Lincoln’s youth and effectively convey his convictions as he opposed slavery and tried to keep the country united.  For a simple picture book, this is an excellent presentation of Lincoln’s life and accomplishments.  Since the book ends in 1862, three years before his death, as Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation, an author’s note and timeline provide further information

While it seems the bold and colorful illustration seek to portray Lincoln’s gangliness, he ends up at times, looking a bit goofy.  A worthwhile effort, nonetheless, that serves as a good introduction to Lincoln for young children

Recommended, Diane McCrink- Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library

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