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Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner

Abe Lincoln's Hat

by Martha Brenner

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Great picture book to introduce kids to Abe Lincoln and history. To learn that Abe was in fact poor and a lawyer early in his career. The pictures in this book are greatly illustrated, relating to the words on the pages. Finding out later that his tall black hat was more than a fashion statement that defined Abe’s character. Abe was a very unorganized lawyer, forgetting to reply to mail, always losing papers. So, Abe bought a black hat, “He could push letters deep inside it.” Abe’s hat was tall, purposefully to keep his important documents safe. As the story goes on we learn that Abe told jokes that made everyone laugh, even the judge. This shows Abe’s personality that he was not only a politician, but he had a sense of humor as well. Another great quality that Abe had was that he fought for slavery. Once becoming president in 1860, Abe passed laws that would free all slaves. Even after winning the election for president, Abe still kept his important documents in his hat.
This is a book where we find humor and learn about Abe’s hat. A good group read to engage kids in the book, keeping them guessing what is in the hat. ( )
  cchaney | Jan 20, 2016 |
This book is a short biography about Abraham Lincoln. It talks about his younger years when he was a lawyer and worked very hard to help people out. He was very good at resolving problems between people. The one problem he did have was he was very forgetful when it came to responding to letters. He felt the only way to solve this would be to put the letters in his hat. Throughout his travels he decided he wanted to do more, he felt that everyone should be treated equally. He ran for President of the United States and he won. One of his greatest accomplishments being President was that he was able to free the slaves.

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I felt this was a very good book for younger children. It was very educational and had some humor in it. The pictures helped to bring the book alive. I read this book to my seven year old daughter and she really enjoyed it.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Have the students make a hat just like Abraham Lincolns'.
2. Have a discussion with the class about the importance of treating people equally.
  Aburke73505 | Oct 27, 2015 |
Summary: Abraham Lincoln's hat was much more than a hat. This book shows the significance of how he used his hat for holding important letters and things so he wouldn't forget about them. It also touches on slavery and how he was elected President of the United States.

Personal Reaction: This is a very good book for introducing history to children. I, personally, had never heard about the significance of his hat. Great book and very well written.

Classroom Extensions: Use black construction paper to make tall black top hats and have them write something important to them inside the hat.
Set up a mock trail and have the kids plead their case about something silly. Appoint two lawyers and a judge and show the how a court operates. ( )
  Chelsea.DaVoult | Oct 25, 2015 |
This can be used to reinforce Famous American units that are being studied in the classroom. Humorous stories help students recall important details more easily.
  JohnsonTam | Jul 23, 2015 |
This book is a humorous look at Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat. While this book does touch briefly on the issue of slavery, it is not a book on Lincoln’s role in abolishing slavery. The book is funny and portrays Lincoln as a fun loving young man. His hat sometimes even serves as a file cabinet for all his papers. ( )
  Donna.Hice | Jul 14, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679849777, Paperback)

Illus. in full color. Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, started out in life as an absent-minded frontier lawyer. How did he nudge his memory? He stuck letters, court notes, contracts, and even his checkbook in his trademark top hat. When he took off his hat, it was all there!    

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Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, started out in life as an absent-minded frontier lawyer. How did he nudge his memory? He stuck letters, court notes, contracts, and even his checkbook in his trademark top hat. When he took off his hat, it was all there!… (more)

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