Title: Who Was Abraham Lincoln?Who Was Abraham Lincoln
Author: Janet B. Pascal
Illustrator: John O’Brien
Pages: 104
Recommended Ages: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★

Who was Lincoln? What did he believe? What did he do? Why is he one of the most loved – and hated – of our American Presidents?

Although written for a third grade level, Who Was Abraham Lincoln? answers these questions with surprising depth. The main body of the text discusses Lincoln’s progression through the political system and his perspective on the current issues of the day. His views on the equality (or lack thereof) of black people with white, and his perspective on the rights of states to maintain slavery were explained fairly and simply – I found myself with a far better understanding of his position after before reading this book. Which is a bit funny since it was written for ten year olds…

One thing that I really liked in Who Was Abraham Lincoln? were the little boxed notes that it featured on different historical happenings – Whigs and Democrats, the beginnings of Photography, Abolitionists, the Dred Scott Case, the establishing of a national day of Thanksgiving, and Reconstruction. These helped give context to the events in Lincoln’s life.

It is mentioned that Mary Lincoln resorted to séances in her desire to be reunited with her sons.

Conclusion. Good – at once an easier and more intense read than Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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