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Abe Lincoln Loved Animals Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807501239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807501238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,554,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—Using clearly defined sources to provide an accurate account, Jackson offers a warm portrait of Lincoln's love of animals. From his distaste for hunting to the many pets that shared his life, readers gain a sense of the gentle side of this famous president. Ettlinger's illustrations present an aggrandized view of him as a well-dressed boy (sporting a clean white shirt and vest) witnessing and interacting with the creatures in his environment. The visual depiction of one event is not accurate; Abraham is pictured grieving over a dead turkey in a field on a warm, sunny day when, in fact, he shot the bird through a hole in the cabin wall in winter. Still, this view of Lincoln is worthwhile for the history it aggregates. From the turkey he killed to the one he pardoned, saving him from a Thanksgiving dinner in the White House, Lincoln's acts toward animals are chronicled. Animal lovers will appreciate this side of the man's story.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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From Booklist

This well-sourced picture book depicts a series of anecdotes from the Lincoln’s life that show how the great man was a lover of all forms of life. His deep appreciation and respect for animals began in childhood. He scolded the other children for torturing a turtle, and he was so upset after shooting a wild turkey to help feed the family, he swore to never hunt again. He kept all manner of pets—“rabbits, dogs, cats, and even a few goats”—while living in the White House, and even during the most trying of times during the Civil War he would spend time with his animals. The annual tradition, still alive today, of the President pardoning a turkey on Thanksgiving originated when his boy Tad befriended a turkey slated to become dinner. The bright, cheery artwork stands in contrast to the often gloomily portrayed Lincoln. A very different look at a figure who is as well covered as any, this book will endear Lincoln to young animal lovers, swelling the ranks of his many admirers. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman

More About the Author

WHO: Ellen B. Jackson

WHAT: An award-winning author of 55+ fiction and nonfiction books for children.

WHEN: Born in the days of woolly mammoths, I eventually grew up to be a teacher, counselor, book-lover and writer.

WHERE: I live in Santa Barbara near a very nice beach, ideal for beach-combing and canine stick throwing.

WORKS: Recent books include THE MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE, about supernovae and dark energy (a Golden Kite honor book), and EARTH MOTHER, a timeless tale about the circle of life (three starred reviews).

VISIT: www.ellenjackson.net

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brien Comerford on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's very arguable that Abraham Lincoln was our greatest President. It's inarguable that he was our most humane President. He rightfully loathed slavery and significantly helped to end it. Lincoln's compassion extended to the animal kingdom. He loved cats, dogs, horses, goats, rabbits and a plethora of other wondrous creatures. He despised hunting and cruelty inflicted against innocent sentient creatures. If Lincoln lived today it could be argued that he would be a vegetarian. He would indisputably deplore dogfighting and cockfighting.

In other words this book is a must read for everybody and especially animal lovers and all children. If kids in our public schools knew that the greatest American President and luminary loved animals, maybe it would motivate them to have more respect for the lives of our fellow creatures.
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By B. E. Snyder on July 24, 2013
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This book is beautiful. It's easy to read to younger children. It is also a fun book for older children and adults.
Arrival time was extremely swift. Wonderful! Wrapping well done. Can't beat the price.
I thank you for you great service.

Sincerely, Barbara E.
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