Reviewed by Miss Dewey at Orenda
Five paw prints. Now I realize most people know the story of Abraham Lincoln, poor boy born in the Midwest, not much formal schooling, teaching himself the rules of law by reading as many books as possible, growing up hating slavery, marrying a wealthy woman whose family owed slaves, two children who died before becoming adults. He moved his way up through state and national politics to eventually become president of the United States. He guiding the country through the Civil War. And, he was the first president to be assassinated, by a Southern sympathizer, while in office even though he wanted to welcome the southern states back “home” to the United States without punishing the states that joined the Confederacy. What makes this book so wonderful is the way the information is presented. The inside of the book looks like a newspaper. This special edition “newspaper” came out on Saturday, April 14, 1866 on the first anniversary of Lincoln’s death. The articles in the newspaper begin with his assassination and the hunt for his killers. From there the articles describe his youth and all the events in his life that led to the assassination. This was such a unique way of reading about the life of a public figure. If more books were created in such a wonderful way, there would never be a problem convincing children to read. If you want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln you can visit one of the following national park websites, http://www.nps.gov/abli/, http://www.nps.gov/liho/, or http://www.nps.gov/linc/.