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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln (Big Words) Hardcover – November 11, 2008
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I am a fourth and fifth grade teacher, and this book is an ideal read aloud for my Civil War Unit. I highly recommend this book - it is a wonderful story wrapped in a beautiful package.
This book has beautiful illustrations and is written really well. Add to this Lincoln's own words, and it becomes a 'must have'. I read this book aloud to 21 first graders and you could have heard a pin drop. They hung on every word. They were allowed to ask questions when finished, and these youngsters had many questions, ranging from inacuracies they had heard- to,"What happened to the man who killed Abraham Lincoln?" Great book!!
The illustrations in the book are vivid and bright. The book will make learning history and fun and enjoyable experience.
Our children ages 4 and 5 loved this book and we read/sung it many times! Facts about Abe Lincoln will be in their heads for many years to come thanks to this book!
On nearly every page in this book, we see Lincoln's love of learning, industriousness, and commitment to principle. The focus is on Lincoln's recognition, gained from his early days carrying cargo on the Mississippi river, that slavery is wrong, and his life-long efforts leading to emancipation. In signing the emancipation proclamation, Lincoln's words are "I never, in my life, felt more certain that I was doing right, than I do in signing this paper. My whole soul is in it."
One of the most unique facets of this book is that nearly every page contains a stand-alone quote in Lincoln's own words. The quotes are well-chosen and aptly highlight the author's text. The quotes also contain lessons for readers of all ages -- such as Lincoln's advice that one should "Resolve to be honest at all events" and if you can't be an honest lawyer, choose some other professions in which you can be honest. And in response to attachks "I do the very best I know how -- the very best i can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end."
Notes from the author and illusrator instroducing the book show how much research and effort they put into getting this right. The author read and reread Lincoln's letters, nespaper interviews, and many speeches. The illustrator visited Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois and other places along Lincoln's journey.
The illustrations are breathtaking. The cover portrait is from a larger illustration within the book, highlighting words from the Gettysburg Address. Other recommended books by the author include ...Read more ›
Content areas: Language: using quotations in writing, synonyms. Social Science: Civil War, abolition of slavery.
At once, through the artful selection of Lincoln's own words, Doreen Rappaport provides insight into the core values of Lincoln's spirit and genius. From the loss of his mother, and growing up poor in the wilderness, to his tenacity to read and learn and question the world around him. Lincoln through his honest actions and words kept pushing himself to make a difference for good.
In addition, through succinct yet vivid descriptions of key events in Abe Lincoln's life, Rappaport reveals Lincoln's strength of character. Lincoln's own words are matched perfectly with the bold yet sensitive illustrations of Kadir Nelson. Nelson's unique use of perspective allows the reader to almost feel as if they are a part of each picture. Providing an immediacy and connection to Lincoln's life.
Not to be overlooked are the author and illustrator's notes at the front of the book; as well as excellent reference material provided at the back of the book. Reference materials include a timeline of important events, books and web sites for further information. Also provided is the eloquent Gettysburg Address in its entirety.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 6 year old son is crazy for Abe. This book tells his story in his words and I don't think my son knew how powerful words can be until we read this together. I cried. Read morePublished 6 months ago by George Connolly
Abe's Honest Words shares excerpts from the speeches and comments of the sixteenth President. It brings him to life and does justice to my favorite historical figure. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kathy Wiechman
I gave this to a 7 year old who likes to read about presidents. She loved it.Published 17 months ago by Susan M. Killam
This book is AMAZING! I homeschool and use the Charlotte Mason approach so we are always looking for whole, living books to teach our children with. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Tara
Beautiful book, good for children to learn some of his different statements. That is ehat this book is. Don't think it is a book about Lincoln. A book of speeches he made.Published on December 30, 2013 by Mousey
This is a wonderful picture book. I have it in my collection. The artwork is fabulous! Highly recommend! Thank you!Published on February 13, 2013 by K. McCann
Doreen Rappaport and Kadir Nelson have created another fantastic biography. Read my review at [...] and find teaching extensions to enhance the text.Published on November 30, 2011 by aneducationinbooks