Title: Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White HouseAbe Lincoln Log Cabin to White House
Author: Sterling North
Pages: 150
Recommended Ages: 10-13
Star Rating: ★★★★

Abraham Lincoln was president of our nation during one of the most critical times in American history. People argue over whether he was the best or worst president ever – that issue will never be settled to the satisfaction of all. But what everyone does acknowledge is that President Lincoln – the man and his policies – still affect our nation today and is thus worth studying.

Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House tells Lincoln’s story, beginning with his birth and working through his life. His love for books and aptitude for telling stories is related along with the grief and subsequent joy he felt when his mother died and his father re-married. His earliest business ventures – flatboating down the Mississippi, storekeeping in New Salem, and finally entering into politics, his campaign for and subsequent winning of the Presidency, his actions during the war years, and abrupt death are all chronicled.

His presidency and war policies occupied eight pages altogether – Log Cabin to White House was definitely more interested in Lincoln’s path to the White House than in his actual sojourn there.

Printed words are referred to as “the magic trail”. It is also said that it seemed,

New Salem was created by magic for the single purpose of helping Abraham Lincoln to evolve into the man he later became… It was as though at the wave of some sorcerer’s wand, log cabins appeared on the bluff above the Sangamon; as though at another wave of the wand a cast of characters was summoned out of thin air. [pg. 81]

Interesting imagery.

Like I said, some of Lincoln’s policies are mentioned – in some areas he is extolled, in others criticized. The only factual error I found occurred on page 121 where it is commented that slavery was forbidden in the northern states prior to the War.

‘Darn’ is used once.

Conclusion. Good – if you’re looking for a facts-oriented (rather than in-depth study) of Lincoln, then this book should be helpful.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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