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K-Gr 2—Imagine, if you will, two famous Americans whose childhood selves were strong and portentous of their future adult lives but whose bodies stayed small and childlike as they achieved their incredible feats. Meltzer has chosen to portray these iconic figures in this way, perhaps in the hopes that modern-day kids will more easily identify with them. Both narratives are told in first person, which raises doubts as to whether they could truly be called biographies. For example, Amelia Earhart recounts an incident in which she and her sister built a ramp off the side of a shed so they could ride a cart off the roof. Her brother comes along and asks, "Amelia, are you sure this is a good idea?" She replies, "This isn't a good idea. It's the BEST idea!" Such conversations and the lack of resources calls the books' informational value into question. On the other hand, they each talk about the character traits that made Earhart and Lincoln wonderful role models and determined in their life pursuits. The illustrations, while a bit odd, are also rather charming. Their comiclike nature and the brief, readable text will appeal to young readers. Adults who read these books with children will have plenty to discuss regarding the hard work, persistence, and determination each person showed, as long as it's clear that the books themselves are fictionalized.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID

About the Author

Brad Meltzer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of adult thrillers (including The Inner Circle and its recent sequel, The Fifth Assassin). His two nonfiction gift books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter were New York Times Bestsellers as well, and he has won the prestigious Eisner Award for his comic book work, Justice League of America. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show Brad Meltzer's Decoded.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17017 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestsellers, Heroes For My Son and Heroes For My Daughter, collecting heroes from Jim Henson, to Rosa Parks, to Mr. Rogers. Brad is also the host of the History Channel TV show, Brad Meltzer's Decoded -- one of the co-creators of the TV show, "Jack & Bobby" -- and is the #1 selling author of the critically-acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. His newest book, The Fifth Assassin, will be published in January 2013.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. You can find him regularly on or at

For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. He was selected by the Department of Homeland Security to brainstorm different ways that terrorists can attack the US. The Inner Circle is about a young archivist in the National Archives who finds out that George Washington's secret spy ring still exists to this very day.

His books have spent nearly a year on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what.

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. He also co-wrote the oath that the President of the United States gives to all AmeriCorps members. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2014
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Brad Meltzer delivers an interesting, inspiring book about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Young readers will learn what Abraham Lincoln believed in during childhood, and as President. This delightful story tells about how much Abraham Lincoln enjoyed reading and writing, and why these good habits were important. The author also introduces the topic of how we sometimes are forced to deal with bullies, and why it's important to stand up for what you believe in.

In addition, Brad Meltzer includes in this intriguing story why cheating is unfair, hurting animals is wrong, and doing the right thing will make you a better person. The story also teaches self-respect, and the true meaning of freedom, and justice for all.

This interesting story also discusses why slavery is wrong, and the Civil War is included in the story as it defines why it was important to fight for freedom, and end slavery, and the war. The author highlights that all men are created equal, why our voice is to be heard when something is wrong, and why injustice should not be allowed. Most important, the young reader learns how much Abraham Lincoln was dedicated to freedom and justice for all in America, as he believed that our voice is our strength. This inspiring book teaches history, and many other lessons to be learned. The colorful illustrations make this story come to life. Motivating, inspiring, and educational. Highly recommended for young readers, teachers, and parents!
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“I am Abraham Lincoln” is an educational book for preschool children from Ordinary People Change World series written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos that speaks about Abraham Lincoln allowing children to get to know more about this special person important for American history.

The author presents the most important events of his life starting from his childhood until the days when he became President. While talking about the things Lincoln loved to do, such as writing and reading, the author indirectly sends a message to young readers that these activities are useful and recommended.

Also, he points out some human characteristics that Lincoln possessed such as belief in his own ideas of freedom and justice, about the patience and efforts needed to invest to attain your goal not giving up even in the case of threats that come from outside. On the other hand, Meltzer touches some bad things that no one should do such as animal torture or cheating that will eventually be discovered.

Therefore “I am Abraham Lincoln” is an inspiring book that could be recommended for children that will soon start attending school, a book from which they will learn something important about the this man, slavery and American history, but even more important to learn about some of the good human characteristics and self-respect.
Together with educational and inspirational text, the illustrator with his imaginative and beautifully made colorful illustrations further raises the value of this nicely made book for children that deals with the history in the different way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian M Allyn on January 28, 2014
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Adorable, inspirational and informative. Clever concept of investigating notable individuals in history by taking a peek at their childhoods and the values present there that shaped who they became as adults. I look forward to reading more of this series!

This intro bio series is GREAT! Lincoln's childhood and rise to presidency is covered. His character is revealed through numerous examples of standing up for what is right, even when it was hard to do.

The tone is conversational, kid Lincoln speaks directly to the reader and reveals information about himself that even today's readers can relate to (i.e. he liked animals, his favorite books, and facing down bullies)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annie on June 15, 2014
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I bought this book for my granddaughter who was five at the time, and who is now 6 1/2. This book and Brad's "I am Amelia Earhart" are still her two favorite books, and she pulls them out of the bookcase for me to read to her. We discuss the pictures and the stories. I love the encouragement found in these books to be true to yourself and to your values. I love the inspiration to follow your dreams, and to dream big.

There are no other books that I've found that give our children those necessary "heroes" to inspire them, and to teach them, as Brad Meltzer says, "Ordinary People Change the World". I eagerly await (and have pre-ordered) the rest of the series.

I believe these are a Great addition to any parent/grandparents' library. It would be wonderful to have these in school and public libraries, too!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sean on January 14, 2014
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A refreshing take on a children's book. My daughter loved it. I am sure we will be reading it a 100 more times.
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The 5 star reviews on all of the books in this series don't lie. I have every one so far in my classroom library, just purchased "I Am Helen Keller" and am eagerly anticipating "I Am Martin Luther King, Jr." I would review each one individually if I had the time. There's not much to be said that other reviewers haven't covered but these are absolutely fantastic biographies for young readers. As a Kindergarten teacher, as high a priority as superheroes, princesses, and other fantasy characters are in their lives, my students are always fascinated by stories about real people in history and amazed that these people actually lived, did very real and very important things, and were kids once, too. What I love, other than the appealing and detailed illustrations, is how perfectly the author handles the often "difficult to explain to a five year old" topics that made the subjects of the books noteworthy. It's so hard to find biographies for early elementary kids that don't water down historical information but still present it in a very age-appropriate way like these do. Young children can and should learn about racism, slavery, prejudices, life challenges, and other tough topics and it can definitely done in a way they understand. Beyond that, the recurring message is that otherwise normal people with lives, families, and circumstances similar to their own can do amazing things and change the world for the better. That's not only incredibly powerful for them, it's something that they take away from the stories without it even having to be explained. Just as a recent example, I currently have a student who is enthralled with all things science and is dead-set on being a scientist when he grows up.Read more ›
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