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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek

February 3, 2011

I found Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix in my local library this week. It is an engaging story with a great little kicker of a moral at the ending. The story is based on the account of Austin Gollaher, known as Lincoln’s Playmate from his days in Knob Creek.

The book’s author invites the reader into the story, asking them questions, making them think about the truth of the tale. At one point, she even offers multiple scenarios (a great little discussion starter about the reliability of oral history).

It’s a great story for boys–adventure, friendship, and courage.

Here is my favorite part:

What a great little message–“What we do matters, even if we don’t end up in history books!”

I have a few more Presidents’ Day books and ideas to share, but I’ll have to write another post as it is almost bedtime for boys!

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