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Abe Lincoln's Hat

by Martha Brenner

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Summary: This biography was about Abraham Lincoln and his infamous top hat. It talks about the ways Lincoln used his hat throughout his career.

Personal Reaction: This book is a good way to teach a history lesson on Lincoln . It talks about many of the things Lincoln did for our country without any confusing details.

Classroom Extensions: 1) Have the student's create tall hats just like Abe.
2) Have the students exchange letters to each other by placing them in the students hat asking questions on assignments or lessons. ( )
  Skylerdabney | Apr 23, 2014 |
This tells the story of how Lincoln was a lawyer and how gradually became president. On a more personal note, it adds that he was funny and kind spirited and kept his important papers in his hat.
This was a cute biography, but I felt it didn't really flow. ( )
  AdrienneWood | Oct 23, 2013 |
This book is a historical story about Abraham Lincoln and his journey to becoming president. The images in this book take up most of the page but this helps the students understand the plot and difficult words that they may come across. The book also used a larger print which helps the beginning readers follow along as they read the page. This story could be familiar to some children based on what they have been learning which also makes this a great book for them to read because the familiar story will help them understand the words.
  SKugle | Sep 18, 2013 |
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This story tells about how Abe Lincoln first got his start in the world. Abe was a poor lawyer but he was determined to be a great one. The only problem was that Abe was really forgetful. One day he decided to keep everything important in his had because he would never forget about it there. Abe was easy going, funny, and fought for what he believed was right. He eventually was elected president and abolished slavery. Abe was a good man that everyone liked.

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I liked this story, it gave great historical background in a way that any kid could understand it. This would be a great book for kids to read!

Classroom Extension:

1. Make an Abe Lincoln hat out of cardstock or construction paper and then write a letter and tuck it away in the hat.
2. Have a "trial" and each kid can have a different part in the trial. (ex. judge, lawyer, defendant, jury, etc.)
  AshlynK | Mar 27, 2013 |
Summary: Abe Lincoln's Hat is a great Historical Fiction that tells of the rise of Abe Lincoln to President. The tale begins as the young president starting with his law career and through the time and proceedings he feels he can do more good for all as President, and the rest is history.

Personal Reaction: Good book to show the rise of one of our nations Presidents. Abe Lincoln's Hat also sheds some light on the times, travel, and judicial practices that went on in his day. I was not aware of the note keeping in the hat, that's pretty good.

Teaching Extensions:
1) Abe Lincoln's Hat could be used as a history lesson to learn how slavery came to be abolished.
2) Abe Lincoln's Hat could be used as a history lesson over presidents and elections.
3) Abe Lincoln's Hat could be used as a lesson over the start of the Civil War.
  tonyalwickware | Oct 20, 2012 |
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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!    

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:37:23 -0400)

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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