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Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Simon and Schuster, 2003
0-689-82554-4, $16.95
978-1-4169-1268-2, $6.99

Cover Copyright © by Nancy Carpenter, 2003

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Abe Lincoln Cover

 Abe Lincoln, The Boy Who Loved Books. A portrait of Abe Lincoln and how books and the power of words changed his life and ours as he walked out of the wilderness into the White House.  5-8.


Author's Comment:
I was drawn to exploring the life of Abe Lincoln because I wondered how someone could be born in extreme poverty, lose his mother at age nine, have less than a year of education, few role models, yet overcome these obstacles to become a beloved President whose words we remember today. I was delighted to discover that books made the difference. Nancy Carpenter’s exquisite illustrations help bring Abe and his story to life.

What Reviewers Said:

In a moving tribute to the power of books and words, Winters introduces a young backwoods child who watched "peddlers, pioneers, politicians, traders, slaves pass by" down the old Cumberland trail "'til his ideas stretched, his questions rose, his dreams were stirred".
-- Kirkus, 11/02.

This fine introduction to a president over whom, from boyhood, "letters cast a magic spell" points up a valuable message - that of the importance of words in shaping ideas and lives. -- Publisher's Weekly, 11/02.

A solid classroom read-aloud. --School Library Journal, 1/03.

The childhood of America’s most beloved president is brought to life in Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books, an engaging picture-book biography by Kay Winters. In simple, eloquent language, Winters follows Lincoln’s childhood as the family moves to Knob Creek, Indiana, near the Cumberland Trail. When Abe meets the travelers that pass by their cabin—“peddlers, pioneers, politicians, traders, slaves”—we can sense his growing curiosity about the world, reflected in his love of books and learning. Flowing language, superb illustrations and loving attention to detail make this a welcome introduction to the young Abraham Lincoln. And at a time when electronic media is dominant, it’s nice to be reminded that one of the reasons we admire Lincoln is that “he learned the power of words and used them well". -- Deborah Hopkinson, Bookpage, 2/03.

ABE LINCOLN is a great book for young children, who will enjoy the story, as well as older children wanting some insights into the childhood of one of our most admired presidents. --The Book Stall, 2/03..
Awards / Book Club Selections:

Translated into Korean, Chinese.
Junior Library Guild selection.
A Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection (January, 2003).
Selected as one of 5 non-fiction books for the 2003 Chapman Awards for Best Classroom Read-Alouds on PlanetEsme.com .
Named by the Chicago Public Library to their Best of the Best list of recommended children's books published in 2003.
Selected by Banks St. College for their Best Books List of 2003.
A Scholastic Book Club selection with an accompanying audio tape.
Selected by PBS as a recommended social studies title.
Included in the list of Best Books of 2003 by the Center for Children's Books.
Featured on CSpan2 - Book TV.

Nominated for the following Awards and State Reading Lists:

2013 Texas Bluebonnet Award
Picture Book Award from the South Carolina School Library Association
The Children's Crown Award by the Texas Christian Schools Association.
Keystone State Reading Award sponsored by the PA Chapter of the International Reading Association.
Picture Storybook Award, sponsored by the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia.

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