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My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A Tale of Two Boys From Indiana Hardcover – June 1, 2011

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"My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln" is bound to help make the gift of America's 16th President more accessible to young readers of today. --Midwest Book Review

This book is the perfect introduction to American History for young children, and great storytelling.  The illustrations, by a former animation artist at the Walt Disney Studios, bring this story to life. --Todd Rutherford, GettingBookReviews.Com

The author depicts a boyhood friendship that entertains and educates young children about one of our most famous and beloved Presidents.  This book will enhance young children's perceptions of our nation's history. --Mary Popham, ForeWord Review

The book has a special sweetness about it that will open hearts to embrace Abe Lincoln and inspire both children and parents to strive for greatness and cultivate compassion.  --Diana Trott, Book Publicist

This book is lively, accessible, full of historical information, and beautifully illustrated.  I should think it would motivate many a young reader to take note of the Indiana farm boy who became President of the United States, and that is an enviable accomlishment. --Douglas L. Wilson, Abraham Lincoln Scholar

A delightful tale for youngsters and their parents and grandparents, too - reminding us of Abraham Lincoln's roots in pioneer America, a story that still inspires. --Harold Holzer, Abraham Lincoln Scholar

Highly recommended! Bob Bloch has reignited the story of an American legend. --Jerry Seltzer, Author

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Abe Lincoln proved that great people were once just regular children like you and me.  As a child, he studied hard, worked hard and cared about family and friends.  He stood up for his beliefs and  he treated everyone with respect.  These principles allowed Abe to overcome all obstacles and become  the person he knew he could be.  This is a lesson for every child growing up, then and today.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Castlebridge (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601310749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601310743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln", is the life of our beloved President, seen thru the eyes of a (fictional) childhood buddy. Easy to read without talking down to the kids, and teaches some important lessons without being preachy.

Based solidly upon known facts, but still fiction, mind you.

The illustrations are delightful, very Disney-esque. They are the best part of the book, in my opinion.

I rcvd a copy (well- a copy of a copy, but the author made the copy himself, so it's OK) for review.
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Through the eyes of the fictional character, Sam Harding, meet and get to know the youthful Abraham Lincoln.
This delightful children's book tells of his humble beginnings and the friendship that blossomed between the two boys while highlighting actual facts that took place in our former president's upbringing.

This is the first children's book that I have gotten to review, and I have to admit it was very enjoyable. I enlisted the help of my nine year old grandson and together went over this book yesterday afternoon. Even though this book is recommended for 5-8 year olds, he still found it to be a good read. He finished it very quickly and gave me the highlights that he liked the most, telling me about the boys going fishing on a sunny day and exchanging gifts before they parted ways when Sam had to move away. I think that this book gives children a great look at how friendship and family can shape a person's life and how far that it could possibly take them on in their own lives.

I highly recommend this book to any parent or grandparent out there that want to add a little history with a great story behind it to their child's bookshelf!
Robert L. Bloch and John W. Ewing have created a wonderful children's selection!
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MY BEST FRIEND, ABE LINCOLN: A TALE OF TWO BOYS FROM INDIANA is a welcome addition to books children and young readers. Author Robert L. Bloch has a family connection with the career of Abraham Lincoln and comes to this story with a dual purpose - to continue that connection with history and to present history to children in a manner that makes it accessible and appealing.

Sam Harding is a young lad who lives in Indiana on a rather meager farm but with a loving family. When Sam goes to the small grade school he meets a tall, skinny boy recently moved from Kentucky - a quiet but very bright lad by the name of Abe Lincoln. Sam and Abe become fast friends, playing with the Indians in a neighboring tribe, fishing, etc. Abe grows rapidly and becomes admired for his ability to relate to others by his funny stories and spends all of his spare time reading and learning. Sam and Abe witness slavery and both are disturbed that white men can buy black families to work for them for nothing. They share many like beliefs and good times until Sam and his family lose their farm and are forced to move away, and in time Sam realizes that his dear friend Abe has become an important leader, abolishing slavery and becoming President of the United States.

While there is nothing new about the facts in this story, it is the manner in which Bloch relates it that makes it so accessible to young minds: storybooks about people with whom they can relate are one of the strongest bastions for learning in young children. The book is beautifully illustrated by celebrated illustrator John W. Ewing who has been responsible for many of the Walt Disney projects. This is a strong, well-made book that deserves a reserved area on the bookshelves of children (and adults) who care about coupling learning with entertainment. Grady Harp, May 11
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Format: Paperback
Sam Harding new Abe Lincoln when he was a boy living in Pigeon Creek Indiana. Sam and Abe went to school together, fished together, explored caves together, and played games together. Abe was a good student, a great speaker, and a fine raconteur. On a trip to Owensboro, Kentucky with the Harding family, Abe and Sam witness first-hand the evils of slavery. Eventually Sam has to move and he and Abe make their goodbyes. The last part of MY BEST FRIEND, ABE LINCOLN features Sam explaining about when he heard about Abe again, thirty-five years later, debating a man surnamed Douglas and what the thought of Abe's rise to the Presidency.

MY BEST FRIEND, ABE LINCOLN is a good children's book to introduce children to Abraham Lincoln. The author makes clear that Sam Harding is a fictional character and that some of the events in the book are historically accurate, while others come from the author's imagination. While we don't know all the details of Lincoln's youth, the imagined events the author incorporates seem to fit with the character of Lincoln as well as with what we know about the behavior of children at that time.

The illustrations in the book are done by John W. Ewing. Ewing chose a classic cartoony style for the pictures which is an appropriate accompaniment for the text. The pictures reminded me of Disney's version of THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW.

MY BEST FRIEND, ABE LINCOLN makes a nice book to read in February since it is the month of Lincoln's Birthday and President's Day.
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Format: Hardcover
Robert L. Bloch has brought Abe Lincoln to life in his book, "My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln." Of course, the book is historical fiction, but Bloch has done a marvelous job of populating the book with descriptions of life on what was then the frontier of the United States and that is where the cleverness of this book lies.

Robert L. Bloch has cleverly hidden a history lesson in the guise of a children's book. You might think building a history lesson into a children's book would be easy to do, but others have tried and done less than an admirable job. Children are smarter than adults often acknowledge, and they can see through feeble attempts to hide education in a fictional story. In the case of this story, we see life in the early half of the 19th century through the eyes of fictional character Sam Harding.

Sam is typical of many children on the edge of civilization. His family lives on a small farm in a log cabin that might have two rooms and a loft. Sam attends school in a building that houses all grades, what many call a one-room schoolhouse. One day a new boy by the name of Abe Lincoln begins attending Sam's school. Abe and Sam have many interesting adventures during the time they spend together. Sadly, as happens all too often even today, Sam moved away and did not see his friend Abe again.

Sam eventually learned that Abe became the president. Sam was thrilled that his old friend was putting his quick mind to use because the United States needed a compassionate and intelligent person to get the country through a great Civil War and to begin addressing the issues that separated the two parts of the country. Abe Lincoln was just the person for the job!

This book is an excellent way to introduce children to a number of historical issues.
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