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Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance (1959)

by Frances Cavanah

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Found this old book at my parent's cabin and as I am compulsively reading all work Lincoln-related that I find around my house and the homes of my loved ones, I read this cute little young reader's book about Lincoln's early life. I'm setting it aside for my kids when they get older. Having had the chance to know about LIncoln's documented life before coming to this book, I appreciated how the author utilized accurate quotes and life events instead of going off into the world of speculative fiction. It is, in fact, true, that Sarah Lincoln said of her beloved stepson, as Cavanah closes the book, that Lincoln was "the best boy I ever saw." ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
I actually first read this back around when I was in grade school. (I grew up in Illinois, where one can't avoid reading about Lincoln.) I had pretty much forgotten everything about it except for the footprint incident, so I could approach it afresh. It was nice enough to read, for a kids' book. It focuses mostly on Lincoln's childhood and young adulthood. Once he gets to Springfield the book picks up the pace and starts to skim over his political career, ending when he heads to the White House. I don't know how accurate it is, but instead of the biography of a great man, it comes across more like the biography of a likable fellow who just manages to become President. But as far as waiting room material is concerned, you could do a lot worse.
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  Hamburgerclan | Jun 23, 2007 |
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A short biography of Lincoln that concentrates on his boyhood years and his relationship with his family.
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