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Lincoln's Legacy (Blast to the Past) Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Rhody Cohon does all the research and editing for the Blast to the Past series. She has a master’s degree in computer engineering. Rhody lives with her family in Tuscon, Arizona.
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Every Monday, Mr. Caruthers came to class late.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, he’d be waiting in the classroom before the bell rang. But never on Monday. There was something strange about Mondays.
And today was Monday.
When I entered the classroom, Maxine Wilson was already sitting at her table.
“Hey, Abigail,” she greeted me. I always liked Maxine. We’d known each other since kindergarten.
“Are you ready?” I asked her.
“I’m always ready on Mondays.” Maxine had a stopwatch.
The school bell was the signal.
Maxine pressed the little black button on her watch. “Go!” she shouted, and we all rushed to our seats.
Everyone sat silently, staring at the classroom door. No one dared look away. Not even for a second.
Maxine kept track of the time. “Four minutes, forty-nine seconds,” she announced.
The whole class always chanted the last ten seconds out loud together: “Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.” The door swung open.
“I’m sorry I’m late,” Mr. Caruthers apologized as he entered the classroom. We waited patiently while Mr. Caruthers straightened his crumpled suit jacket. Retied his bow tie. Combed his hair. And finally, pushed up his glasses.
Every Monday, Mr. Caruthers was late. Every Monday, he was wrinkled and messy. But it didn’t matter to us, the third-grade kids in classroom 305. Monday was our favorite day of the week. And Mr. Caruthers was our favorite teacher.
“Abigail,” Jacob whispered, leaning over to me. “What do you think his question will be today?”
I shrugged and said softly, “I have no idea.”
Jacob turned to ask his brother Zack the same thing. Jacob and Zack were twins. They lived next door to me. And they were my table partners. Zack said he didn’t know either. A new kid named Roberto Rodriguez also sat at our table. But he didn’t talk much, so Jacob didn’t bother to ask him.
Mr. C finished straightening his clothes and leaned back on the edge of his desk. He was too cool to sit in a chair like other teachers.
“What if,” he began, and then paused. I sat up a little straighter. Every Monday, Mr. Caruthers asked us a new “what if” question. So far, my favorite questions were “What if Thomas Edison had quit and never invented the lightbulb?” and “What if Clara Barton had quit and never started the American Red Cross?”
I loved thinking up answers to Mr. C’s questions. And I couldn’t wait for this one.
Mr. C leaned back farther on his desk and finished his question. “What if Abraham Lincoln quit and never issued the Emancipation Proclamation?”
My hand shot up in the air. I didn’t even wait for him to call on me. “What’s the Emancipation Proclamation?” I blurted out. “Why’s it so important?”
“Be patient, Abigail,” Mr. Caruthers said slowly. “All your questions will be answered in good time.”
“But—,” I began. Mr. Caruthers looked at me over the top of his glasses. I put my hand down. It’s really hard to wait when you are as curious as I am.
“Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States,” Mr. Caruthers began. He told us that Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. He was a lawyer. His wife’s name was Mary Todd. And in 1860 he was elected president.
I really wanted to raise my hand again. He hadn’t gotten to the Emancipation Proclamation part of the story yet. Struggling to keep quiet, I tucked my fingers under my legs and sat on them.
Mr. C continued telling Abraham Lincoln’s story. “When Abraham Lincoln became president, there were only thirty-four states, not fifty like we have today. There were twenty-three states in the North, and eleven states in the South.” --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
When the children journey to the past, they see the world of 1862 and how different it was from their time. They meet several famous figures from history before finally meeting President Lincoln. When they cannot convince him that the North will win the war, they end up taking him "back to the future" so that he can see how important it is that he issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
Readers who like the "Magic Tree House" series will enjoy this series as well. It is apparent that the authors have spent time researching their subject and they spoon out the historical information in a painless and enjoyable fashion. The back of the book contains the text of The Emancipation Proclamation as well as more historical information which enhances the story. The next book in the series is called "Disney's Dream" with the question, "What if Walt Disney never..." For the question and the answer, you'll have to wait for Book 2 of this fun and educational series.
It is fun and the characters are easy to like. A great book and I am looking forward to the next in the series.
Authors: Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
Illustrator: David Wenzel
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
ISBN: 978-0 - 689870248
"What if Abraham Lincoln quit and never issued the Emancipation Proclamation?" Mr. Caruthers asked his third grade class in "Blast to the Past #1 Lincoln's Legacy," a children's book written by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon.
With one hundred and four pages, this paperback book is targeted toward ages seven to ten years old, has no profanity and no questionable or scary scenes. Illustrator David Wenzel provides a colorful drawing of Abraham Lincoln being restrained by four children on the front cover. The back cover has two paragraphs about the book and a drawing of Lincoln tipping his hat. Inside there are ten black and white drawings along with a photograph of the well-known painting by F.B. Carpenter. Also included at the end of the book are an explanation by the authors of fact verses fiction, President Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation" and "Gettysburg Address" and four sample pages of the next book in the series about Walt Disney.
The main object of this series is to ask young children what if a person in the past did not create, state, make or invent something that changed our lives today but quit instead. This book hones in on our President Abraham Lincoln's speech that freed Southern slaves during the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation.
Told in first person through Abigail, a curious third grader, she is asked by her teacher to stay after class, thinking it was because she was not paying attention.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book myself and then my 9 year old stepson read it. We both absolutely loved it. He said he already knew that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves but he did learn... Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by SchneiderMommy
A middle school time travelling through history, book. Similar to one I read just before it, and yet not so similar.
How cute is that cover, right? Read more
Blast to the Past Book 1: Lincoln's Legacy is okay. There are too many characters and I couldn't keep track of them. I like fantasy fiction, and this is historical fiction. Read morePublished on November 22, 2011
This is an awesome book and series! (there are 7 total and the 8th is out in July, keep reading!) After going through the Magic Tree House stories and the Time Warp Trio series,... Read morePublished on February 8, 2007 by K. M. Wolfman
This book was excellent. I learned a lot about the President. I also liked it because the author was very good at describing what life was like whem President Lincoln was... Read morePublished on January 29, 2007
This wonderful series of "Blast to the Past" books enables children to explore history and to develop an appreciation for the importance of personal courage. Read morePublished on January 9, 2006 by R. Rubenstein
I'm ten years old and in my opinion, I think that this book is so much fun to read. It is very educational and exciting. Once I started reading I couldn't stop! Read morePublished on September 18, 2005 by Melinda Belle Gracelle
This is the first book in the Blast to the Past series, about the adventures of a group of kids who travel through time and meet famous historical figures, while learning how... Read morePublished on September 8, 2005 by Rebecca Herman