Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is about one of my heroes and the tile is awesome!
By Kay Winters
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
40 pages – Ages 6+
Published by Aladdin Paperbacks on January 3, 2008
Theme/Topic – Nonfiction/Biography/Abraham Lincoln
Opening and Synopsis –
to the White House.
He learned the power of words
and used them well.”
(This is from the end of the book not the opening, but I really like it!)
Abraham Lincoln loved books. He loved to learn. He loved writing. He also worked hard and appreciated life. He was an honest and great man. He was born in a log cabin in the woods and grew up to be the 16th President of the United States because he studied, worked hard and read BOOKS! This book follows Abraham Lincoln’s life from when he was an infant to 16th president and tells the reader how important reading and books were to his life.
Why I liked this book – First of all, I LOVE to read about Abraham Lincoln. He had an interesting and inspiring life. I am sad that he was assassinated. Second, I really like Kay Winters’ writing style. This story of hers is written in free verse. I have read several of her books and they are all kid-friendly, well-written, and interesting! I like how Ms. Winters tells about the importance of books in Lincoln’s life and how they changed his life! Thirdly, I really like the illustrations in the book, they look like paintings.
Activities and Resources –
For older kids there is some great information about Abraham Lincoln at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Monument website (HERE) and some very interesting information at the Ford’s Theater website (HERE).
For younger kids I found a website called Apples 4 The Teacher and they have a bunch of activities to learn about Abraham Lincoln like coloring sheets, puzzles, stories parts of his speeches and more. Click HERE to go to it.
You can also talk to your kids about why books are important. Ask them what do they think they learn from books. What if we didn’t have books?
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!