Title: Meet Abraham LincolnMeet Abraham Lincoln
Author: Jack Davis
Illustrator: Barbara Cary
Pages: 87
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★

This biography of Abraham Lincoln was published in the 1960s, and its splendid sketchy-but-colorized illustrations bear testimony to its age. The text itself is large, but focuses on informational stories, rather than just goofy or unusual one. Overall, I’d rate it —- in the usual line up.

  1. Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North
  2. Who Was Abraham Lincoln? by Janet B. Pascal
  3. Meet Abraham Lincoln by Barbara Cary [This one!]
  4. Abe Lincoln: the Young Years by Keith Brandt
  5. If You Grew Up with Abraham Lincoln by Ann McGovern
  6. Abraham Lincoln by Jane A. Schott
  7. Abraham Lincoln by Augusta Stevenson
  8. Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner
  9. A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln by David A. Adler

One interesting chapter treated on Lincoln’s involvement in the local settler vs. Indians war that occurred in Illinois in the 1830s, a part of Lincoln’s life that is rarely even mentioned in most biographies.

Lincoln’s views on a few topics are mentioned – educational reforms, and the War – but not in an “Oh, he was so perfect” way. Also, it is mentioned that there were slaves in the north during the war.

Conclusion. I liked the old-fashioned touch this book had to it. Buy Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White Hosue and Who Was Abraham Lincoln? first, though.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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