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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439925487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439925488
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Proving once again that they are a match made in picture-book heaven, Aylesworth and McClintock (previously paired for The Gingerbread Man) turn out a biography of Lincoln virtually guaranteed to hook readers. Adapted from a song popular during Lincoln's presidential campaigns, its verses can be sung to the tune of "The Old Grey Mare," and tell of iconic or seminal moments in Lincoln's life: "Smart Abe Lincoln read late by the firelight/ Late by the firelight/ Late by the firelight/ Smart Abe Lincoln read late by the firelight/ Many dark nights ago." McClintock brings in the storytelling magic: she shows costumed children on one side of a curtain in a school auditorium, an eager audience waiting on the other. As usual, her attention to detail rewards those who look closely: one of the actors pokes her face out from beneath the curtain, adults get ready to tie the beard on the actor playing Abe, and the expression on the boy playing the raccoon is not to be missed. Endnotes amplify each verse with relevant facts. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3—With a fresh approach to Lincoln that is both delightful and accurate, Aylesworth sets history to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare" and the derivative song "Our Abe Lincoln Came Out of the Wilderness," which was popular during the 16th president's campaign. Lincoln's life is depicted in the singsong verse through the framing devise of students performing a grade-school play. For example, "Strong Abe Lincoln fell oaks with a mighty axe/Oaks with a mighty axe/Oaks with a mighty axe/Strong Abe Lincoln fell oaks with a mighty axe/Many split rails ago." McClintock captures the exuberance with charming visuals that outline significant aspects of the leader's life and lore. Scenes rendered in watercolor and pen and ink feature a multicultural cast. Details such as pegs on their cabin wall demonstrate the careful research that informed the illustrations. A short paragraph at the end explains each scene. As an introduction for young children, this is a perfect resource, for the engaging images and catchy phrasing as well as for the larger story that it so deftly summarizes.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library
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Format: Hardcover
The school is getting ready for an extravaganza! The children are getting ready behind the curtain, while parents and friends are seated in the audience anxiously awaiting an evening of fun. Two children in front of the curtain are putting up a sign that says "OUR ABE LINCOLN" as the piano player readies her music.

"True Abe Lincoln was Praised for his honesty

Praised for his honesty

Praised for his honesty

True Abe Lincoln was praised for his honesty

Many good deeds ago."

Jim Aylesworth cleverly wrote an abbreviated biography of Abraham Lincoln which can be sung to the old classic tune, "The Old Grey Mare." The original song, accompanied by the music and lyrics, is printed on the end pages. The song is simple (three chords) and lively. This book can make learning history though song a lot of fun! The illustrations are very appealing. Under the author's note in the back he gives more biographical information. If you would care to make Mary Todd Lincoln's Vanilla Almond Cake the recipe is on the back cover. Yum!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Toombs on February 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A tale adapted from an old campaign song.

A very basic review of the life of Abe Lincoln, our 16th President, done with basic words adapted from the rhythmic campaign song sung to the tune of `The Old Grey Mare'. The story is wonderfully enhanced by the art of Barbara McClintock. The story has repetitive verses that can reinforce the point/information on Lincoln for that page. The illustrations are of young children in a school play telling the same point/information as the words on the page.

This book is good for anyone, but really a great read for anyone 5-9 (non readers, maybe 2nd graders to read to others. The illustrations of the school play allows for an opportunity to find things in the story. The repetitive sentences highlighting the story of Lincoln can be used to encourage participation of the single reader in memory of the information and/ or the gathering of others with built in parts for participation of all. In 2009, the bicentennial year of the birth of Lincoln, this is a book to share with young children in the month of his birth-February.

This book is recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a kindergarten teacher and actually ordered this book through scholastic with the cd. I didn't have any idea what it would be like...just that my students have been interested in history. Since Presidents' Day is coming up, I thought it would be a nice book to have. I have to say that it was the SMARTEST book buying decision I have made in a VERY long time!
Today alone we listened to the song (the actual story) on cd about 20 times! Even when it is not on, the kids are walking around all day singing the words! Amazing! I am truly impressed with this book. Since it is a new book, I keep it on my special book shelft...the kids beg to look at the book..and have to take turns!
Any time you find a historical book children adore...its an amazing feeling. I have always loved history..so I enjoy finding things to help teach about our past.
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