Presidents Day

Lincoln and Grace: Why Abraham Lincoln Grew a Beard By Steve Metzger

 

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Back of Book:
A fresh and heartwarming story about Abraham Lincoln and the young girl who inspired his signature beard.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most recognizable people, let alone presidents, in the history of the United States. Perhaps it’s because his face can be seen everywhere from the $5 bill in your wallet and the penny in your pocket to national monuments across the country. Or maybe it’s simply because of his signature beard. Could you ever picture Lincoln without it? I bet you would never guess that there is one little girl in particular to thank for Lincoln’s beard.
LINCOLN AND GRACE is the story of Grace Bedell–the eleven-year-old who got a President to listen to her advice. In addition to learning the fascinating true story behind Lincoln’s beard, children will love it because it shows that one voice–even one as small as their own–can matter.
My Review:
I am in love with this story. I never knew that Abraham grew his beard on the recommendation of an 11-year-old girl. I loved reading about Graces life with her large family. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the extra historical information on the pages. It allows readers to learn even more about the Civil War era. The back of the book has the copies of the original letters that Grace and President Lincoln sent to one another. The illustrations in this book are sweet and a perfect representation of the time period. This is by far one of my favorite stories about President Lincoln.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

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Presidents Day

Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport

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Back of Book:
From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong. A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved toward greater equality and prosperity.

Despite the obstacles he faced as a self-educated man from the back woods, Lincoln persevered in his political career, and his compassion and honesty gradually earned him the trust of many Americans. As president, he guided the nation through a long and bitter civil war and penned the document that would lead to the end of slavery in the United States.
My Review:
Abraham Lincoln has been my favorite president since I in high school. I love teaching my students about the strength of courage that he had. Abe’s Honest Words is a beautiful picture book biography that shows the depth of President Lincoln. I love that at the bottom of each page is a quote that Abraham Lincoln said. This book is beautifully written. It tells readers about the life Abraham lived, and how he worked to make the United States a better place. Kadir Nelson is a gifted illustrator and his pictures bring this book to life. This is a perfect book for older children who want to do research on the 16th president of the United States. The back of the book has important dates and resources for readers to learn more about Lincoln. One of my favorite biographies to date about President Lincoln.
Ages 7 and up
48 Pages

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Looking at Lincoln By Maira Kalman

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Back of Book:

Who was Lincoln really? This little girl wants to find out. She discovers, among other things, that our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife’s vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Maira Kalman shares Lincoln’s remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.

My Review:

Abraham Lincoln was an amazing man and president. He stood for truth and equality among men. I love sharing his life and accomplishments with my students. This book is unique because it is written from the perspective of a young girl. She wants to learn more about him, so she goes to the library to research the great man.  The text is written in a way that younger audiences can relate to. I love that the little girl wonders if the President and his wife had nick names for one another. I also like all the facts that are in this story.  The illustrations are fun, and will capture readers attention.   A perfect book to read for Presidents Day.

Ages 5 and up

48 Page 

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Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z By Alan Schroeder

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Back of Book

Abe Lincoln is known for his many memorable adages. As the sixteenth president he needed all the wisdom he could muster to guide the country through the Civil War, preserve the union, and end slavery. This nontraditional tribute to the president who brought the homespun humor of his humble beginnings to the White House uses the alphabet to organize a wealth of information about his life and accomplishments.

My Review:

I got this book from scholastic and enjoyed sharing it with my class. It is an excellent overview of the life of President Lincoln.  Each letter has a short paragraph about a piece of Lincolns life. It made it very easy to break up this book and read a few paragraphs every day. Some of the material is a bit grown up for younger children. I skipped parts about the Civil War because it was a little too deep for my five year old’s to hear. Overall I say this is a great book to read for Presidents Day.

32 Pages

Ages 7 and up

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Meet Thomas Jefferson Patricia A. Pingry

 

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BACK OF BOOK:

 

This picture book begins with Thomas Jefferson as a boy at school and home. Children will see Jefferson as a husband and father, as author of the Declaration of Independence, as president of the United States, and as retired farmer.

 

MY REVIEW: Presidents Day is this week which is a great time to read stories about the great Presidents that have run the United States. Most of my Kindergarten age stories are focused on President Washington or Lincoln. I usually try to find a few books about Presidents that are not as well discussed. I love Meet Thomas Jefferson because I gave a great background about Thomas Jefferson it starts from his birth and goes to the end of his life. It discusses his love of books and how he donated his collection to the Library of Congress.  It also discusses important parts of history such as the writing of the Declaration of Independence as well as the Louisiana Purchase.   II read a few pages a day to my class. It worked very well as a circle time story. The illustrations are very nice and create an enjoyable story.

 

Ages 7 and up

 

32 Pages