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From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with stunning illustrations, this book contains an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from Lincoln s life, as well as a timeline and map. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is not only a powerful teaching tool, but an entertaining and age-appropriate introduction to a man who has become one of the most influential and admired presidents of the United States."


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From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with stunning illustrations, this book contains an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from Lincoln s life, as well as a timeline and map. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is not only a powerful teaching tool, but an entertaining and age-appropriate introduction to a man who has become one of the most influential and admired presidents of the United States."

30 review for President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    February is the month when we celebrate American Presidents' Day and an ideal time to remember President Abraham Lincoln. Libraries and schools will feature books about presidents with bulletin boards with their pictures, stores will hold Presidents' Day Sales, and kids will give presidential book reports. So how timely to review President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House. I love children's picture book biographies and introducing young children to historical and significant people who have February is the month when we celebrate American Presidents' Day and an ideal time to remember President Abraham Lincoln. Libraries and schools will feature books about presidents with bulletin boards with their pictures, stores will hold Presidents' Day Sales, and kids will give presidential book reports. So how timely to review President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House. I love children's picture book biographies and introducing young children to historical and significant people who have shaped our world. Reading President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House I find that it goes a bit beyond the picture book status in that the text is more involved, detailed, and spans more ideas and time than is usual in a children's picture book biography. It does, however, fill a need for detailed information for the young biography reader. Reading this to the 4-to-6-year-old will take patience on the part of the reader and listener. It can work, though. The text and back pages details will be suitable for up to about age 12. The back page information is concise and informative and will provide good detail for student reference material for dates, events, and the Gettysburg address text. This makes it highly suitable for classroom and school library. The illustrations are simply not a favorite of mine but they do tell the story quite nicely with lots of color and detail. I do like the significant Lincoln quotes in set apart blocks on the pages. This is a good biography and the information is tops. I think this would be a good addition to libraries. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Wisdom Tales publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given. Giveaway is provided by the publisher and sent directly to winner by publisher.

  2. 4 out of 5

    robin friedman

    A New Children's Biography Of Abraham Lincoln The literature on Abraham Lincoln is extraordinarily broad, for both adults and children. Our 16th president was a great, complex figure, and his importance to the United States cannot be over-estimated. Particularly with children, each generation must learn anew about Lincoln. This new book, "President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House" (2016) offers an excellent introduction to Lincoln geared to children between Kindergarten and third grade. Th A New Children's Biography Of Abraham Lincoln The literature on Abraham Lincoln is extraordinarily broad, for both adults and children. Our 16th president was a great, complex figure, and his importance to the United States cannot be over-estimated. Particularly with children, each generation must learn anew about Lincoln. This new book, "President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House" (2016) offers an excellent introduction to Lincoln geared to children between Kindergarten and third grade. The book is written and illustrated bv Demi, a prolific author and illustrator of children's books. Wisdom Tales Press,which generally specializes in books with spiritual themes published the book and also kindly sent me a review copy. "President Lincoln" offers an easy-to-read beautifully illustrated introduction to Lincoln's life and to why he remains important and revered. The book takes young readers from Lincoln's birth in a log cabin, through his love of reading and education, his marriage, career as a lawyer, and term in Congress. Children will see Lincoln debating with Steven Douglas, and winning the presidency, precipitating the Civil War. The book introduces children to the Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, 13th Amendment, use of African-American soldiers at Fort Wagner, and more. For example the book shows Lincoln establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday. The book concludes with Lincoln's assassination and with his assumption of the stature of a national hero. The book emphasizes traits of Lincoln such as his proverbial honesty, his ambition, and his capacity for hard work which will inspire children. It also mentions some endearingly human traits, such as Lincoln's love of pets. Many pages of the book have insets with short Lincoln quotes such as "My best friend is the man who will give me a book I haven't read." Following the text, the book includes the Gettysburg Address in full, a chronology of Lincoln's life, and a two-page collection of "Fascinating Facts about Abraham Lincoln". Young children and their parents and teachers will enjoy reading and discussing this new book. Lincoln deserves his iconic stature and his life continues to inspire. Perhaps this short book will be a step to help motivate youngsters to continue to read and learn throughout their lives and to grow up loving and understanding our country. Robin Friedman

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    While this book was informational, I must admit that I enjoyed the appendix (which included "The Gettysburg Address", "The Life of President Lincoln" a timeline, "Fascinating Facts about Abraham Lincoln", and "Famous Quotes from Abraham Lincoln") in the back much more than I enjoyed the story. Unfortunately, I was also not fond of the illustrations and found it strange that there were no sources listed in the back for further information.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    Abraham Lincoln's life and career is no small task - and so the fact that this book tries to cram in as much information as humanly possible is understandable. That being said, though, it comes off cluttered and rushed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with stunning illustrations, this book contains an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from Lincoln s life, as well as a timeline and map. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is not only a powerful teaching tool, but an entertaining and age-appropriate introduction to a man who has become one of the most influential and admired presidents of the United States.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Good book about Abraham Lincoln. Very heavy on the informational text.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danette

    I liked all the quotes from Lincoln. Read with Naomi.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rosa Cline

    This was a good storybook that was a History book without being a boring 'in your face' history book. The way the 'story' reads includes from his birth to his youth to his schooling. Then when it does talk about his lawyer years and Senator years its not boring and over children's heads. Very interesting. It also includes I small boxes some additional information that you may or may not want to read. So for readers (or listeners) that may not be old enough to understand that data it won't affect This was a good storybook that was a History book without being a boring 'in your face' history book. The way the 'story' reads includes from his birth to his youth to his schooling. Then when it does talk about his lawyer years and Senator years its not boring and over children's heads. Very interesting. It also includes I small boxes some additional information that you may or may not want to read. So for readers (or listeners) that may not be old enough to understand that data it won't affect them. Then in the back is a glossary, and pages of additional information to help students with additional information.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    I’ve loved the many multi-cultural tales I’ve read from Wisdom Tales. But I’m a relatively recent immigrant to the US, so I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d make of something so quintessentially American as a book about President Lincoln. However, Demi’s rendition of this story has exactly the same feel as beloved tales of less well-known cultures. The book is written with clear, simple text, and the illustrations bring a very different world from ours to life, as a boy and his sister grow up in a I’ve loved the many multi-cultural tales I’ve read from Wisdom Tales. But I’m a relatively recent immigrant to the US, so I wasn’t entirely sure what I’d make of something so quintessentially American as a book about President Lincoln. However, Demi’s rendition of this story has exactly the same feel as beloved tales of less well-known cultures. The book is written with clear, simple text, and the illustrations bring a very different world from ours to life, as a boy and his sister grow up in a one-room log cabin. Home life intrudes on school, farm intrudes on forest, and sickness intrudes on health, making this an interesting and surprisingly involving story, especially for someone not so familiar with the tale. A pleasing sense of space around the illustrations invites young readers to enter the tale alongside its characters. Meanwhile nicely bordered quotes ask older readers to recognize deeper meanings and see how the past is still relevant. Young Abraham lived in a changing world—a nice reminder to readers not to expect things to always be the same. Honesty and kindness color his view, as they should ours. And books gain a pleasingly surprising and increasing importance in his life. I love how the artist depicts the world as it changed, and how the writing tells so much without preaching. Quotes are well-chosen to create their own lessons, as scenery switches from open space to crowded White House lawn. War comes to cabin and living room, and freedom comes at a price. Younger readers will enjoy the simply told tale and its pictures. Readers from different cultures will find much to relate to. And a teacher will be satisfied with well-drawn maps, well-explained history, fascinating facts and more in the excellent collection of pages that end the book. For example, did you know why there are no photographs of Lincoln from the Gettysburg Address, despite the fact that cameras were already in use? President Lincoln is an excellent book to share with all ages, and I really enjoyed it. Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Bernard

    President Abraham Lincoln has a life story that is simple yet inspiring. Basic yet colorful illustrations take readers on a journey of his life. From the time he started school to the point he and his family relocated to Indiana. Abraham loved animals and reading books. He was also a very hard worker. He dug well and cut trees. He met and married Mary Todd, a woman who had come from a wealthy family. Abraham was elected to the United States Congress in Washington when he was thirty-seven years o President Abraham Lincoln has a life story that is simple yet inspiring. Basic yet colorful illustrations take readers on a journey of his life. From the time he started school to the point he and his family relocated to Indiana. Abraham loved animals and reading books. He was also a very hard worker. He dug well and cut trees. He met and married Mary Todd, a woman who had come from a wealthy family. Abraham was elected to the United States Congress in Washington when he was thirty-seven years old. It was then that his fight for slavery began. In 1860 he was fifty-one when he was elected as President of the United States. During his presidency he declared that all slaves should be free, thus the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 was signed. Abraham Lincoln's life was happy after the war until his death at a play one evening. Wisdom Tales Press together with award winning Demi have created a simplistic recap of the life of Abraham Lincoln. Parents, teachers and young readers will be informed and inspired by his life. This awesome guide also has an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from his life and a timeline map.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shane

    This picture book is a good summary for young readers of the main accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln's life. I liked the use of quotes from Lincoln included throughout the text to tie into the content on some of the pages. I also liked the inclusion at the back of the book of more of Lincoln's quotes, a timeline, a map of the US in 1861, and facts about the president that didn't fit into the main narrative. Although this book is intended for very young readers (and probably as something to be re This picture book is a good summary for young readers of the main accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln's life. I liked the use of quotes from Lincoln included throughout the text to tie into the content on some of the pages. I also liked the inclusion at the back of the book of more of Lincoln's quotes, a timeline, a map of the US in 1861, and facts about the president that didn't fit into the main narrative. Although this book is intended for very young readers (and probably as something to be read aloud to them), I think it would be helpful to include just a little more in parts, like when Grant and Lee are mentioned--who are these guys in relation to Lincoln and the ending of the war? I would have liked to have seen some information included in the back about the sources the author used (there's a brief comment of thanks to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library on the publication page). Since many illustrated books also have a brief paragraph about how the illustrations were done, that would be nice, too, since Demi's work looks different from the work in many other picture books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "President Lincoln" is a biography about Lincoln for ages 4 and up. The main part of the book contained quotes from Lincoln along with details about his life. The author described some of what life was like in Lincoln's childhood and told about important events from his life. At the end of the book, the author included the Gettysburg Address, a timeline of Lincoln's life, and a collection of quotes from and facts about Lincoln. The cover art gives you some idea of what the interior art looks like "President Lincoln" is a biography about Lincoln for ages 4 and up. The main part of the book contained quotes from Lincoln along with details about his life. The author described some of what life was like in Lincoln's childhood and told about important events from his life. At the end of the book, the author included the Gettysburg Address, a timeline of Lincoln's life, and a collection of quotes from and facts about Lincoln. The cover art gives you some idea of what the interior art looks like. The people, animals, and objects looked flat, like paper cut-out dolls. There were no shadows, so the figures appear stuck on to the backgrounds. I didn't really care for the illustrations, but they may appeal to others. If you're looking for a biography about Lincoln suitable for young children, this book did a good job of describing the highlights of his life. I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    An introduction to President Lincoln's life for the youngest readers as it gives a survey of his life and avoids much of the heartache or difficult details. I found that I liked the back matter in this book more than the text, though there's no mention of sources consulted and there's liberal use of quotations throughout the book. Mixed media illustrations are a bit strange and fairly small for sharing with an audience. Overall, I think there are stronger Lincoln biographies for young readers (B An introduction to President Lincoln's life for the youngest readers as it gives a survey of his life and avoids much of the heartache or difficult details. I found that I liked the back matter in this book more than the text, though there's no mention of sources consulted and there's liberal use of quotations throughout the book. Mixed media illustrations are a bit strange and fairly small for sharing with an audience. Overall, I think there are stronger Lincoln biographies for young readers (Brad Meltzer's I Am Abraham Lincoln comes to mind, but there are many more too.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda K

    A great nonfiction alternative to the typical picture book for 4-8 year olds. We're enjoying some presidential history at home interspersed with other night time reading. This turned out to be a perfect read in that it was informative and entertaining, especially the illustrations and quick factoids (we didn't know that Lincoln's dog Fido was the first photographed presidential pet). We chose to read this over two nights, pre and post election life. Thumbs up!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Schumacher

    I thought it was a very knowledgeable book and my twins just so happen to be doing a project on Lincoln and they loved the book

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Gray

    I was not terribly fond of the illustrations, but the narrative and all the back matter that was included was really interesting to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  18. 4 out of 5

    nithya samir anvekar

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Vernier

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lily

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Dynek

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Lafleur Meyers

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mompop

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sande

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patty Barr

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie

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