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I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change World) Hardcover – January 14, 2014


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Ordinary People Change World
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition/First Printing edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803740832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803740839
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Brad I first was introduced to your work through your History Channel show. Being a college student who loves mysteries and comic books I was surprised to see your work with my DC Comics (my favorite comics)...Anyways I just finished reading Infinite...
JW Hamilton asked Jan 22, 2012
Author Answered

First, just marry me. I love all the people who have been trying out the books after watching the show. I will say, you can read the books in any order you want. Try The Inner Circle. And most important, thanks.

Brad Meltzer answered Jan 26, 2012

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My 5 year old son loves this book!
Lois Drotar
The illustrations are great and I think it helps children to see historical figures and maybe their heroes in a different light.
Kenneth E. Murphy
Good way to get children to love reading and history.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole P. Roman on March 23, 2014
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While I found the bubbles of the side comments made by the characters distracting, I did like the premise of this book. Humanizing larger than life characters makes it easier for children to relate to them. Meltzer picks themes that children can identify with so Abraham Lincoln ceases being the "guy on the penny", and his actions of fighting for what one believes in becomes understandable. In a few scenarios, Meltzer retells stories supposedly from Lincoln's own experiences that explains how his ideals were developed. He takes relatable situations like bullying, really caring about his education, and seeing that slavery was morally wrong to introduce the children to the type of things Lincoln stood for and couple them with moving quotes from his speeches. Later, snapshots like a scrap book are put in so children can recognize the real man from the cartoon. I liked this book and think it's a great way to introduce young children to the awesome figures in history, making them pint sized for young minds to grasp their importance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Allyn on January 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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