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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten…

by Deborah Hopkinson

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This book is about Abraham Lincoln's life as a boy growing up in Kentucky in 1816. As a young boy, he helped his father plant corn and pumpkins. During his free time, he would spend it with his first and very best friend Austin, who was three years older than him. Austin and Abe loved to hang out at Knob's Creek. One day Abe, who is not concerned about the "raging water," is determined to cross it. Austin is hesitant at first, but successfully crosses over the log. Abe ends up falling off the log, but Austin saves him, and they decide to keep that experience between themselves. The story ends with Abe in the White House, and although he hasn’t seen Austin since he was a child, he will always remember him as the friend who saved his life.

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This story was really funny and a great example of a biography that children can easily connect to. I really liked that the story focused on the younger years of Abraham Lincoln and his very first friend. It was an interesting story because you learn things about Abraham Lincoln that you probably wouldn’t find in a history book. I also really liked that the author played around with his story line and first said that Abe Lincoln and his friend walked across the log and then decided to switch his thinking and say well maybe they crawled across the log. This was interesting because the author knows the story, but isn’t exactly sure of the exact way things happened, so he includes that it could have happened in many different possibilities. This lets children know that some biographies are based on true events, but the details may not be exactly true. I also liked that even though the story is about Abe Lincoln it also focuses on the importance of friendship and shows children that it’s important to remember your friends even if you don’t see them anymore. I liked that Abe Lincoln still talks about his first best friend even though he was the president and hadn’t seen him since he was a kid. This story can just be really fun and a different way to learn about history. ( )
  BrookeMattingly | Oct 27, 2014 |
SUMMARY: This book is about Abraham Lincoln's life as a boy growing up in Kentucky. As a young boy, he helped his father plant corn and pumpkins, and during his free time, he would spend time with his first and very best friend Austin, who was three years older than Abe. Austin and Abe loved to hang Knob's Creek, Although one day Abe, who is not concerned about the "raging water," is determined to cross the water. Austin is hesitant at first, but successfuly crosses over on the log. Abe ends up falling off the log, but Austin saves him, and they decide to keep that experience between themselves. The story ends with Abe in the White House, and although Abe never saw Austin since he was a young boy, he will always remember Austin as the friend who saved his life.

REVIEW: This book's central message was the friendship between Austin and Abe and how it affected him as an older man who eventually became president. I liked this book because friendship is always an important theme to teach and read about.
  ekrzys1 | Oct 27, 2014 |
Summary:
This book is about Abraham Lincoln's life as a boy growing up in Kentucky. As a young boy, he helped his father plant corn and pumpkins, and during his free time, he would spend time with his first and very best friend Austin, who was three years older than Abe. Austin and Abe loved to hang Knob's Creek, Although one day Abe, who is not concerned about the "raging water," is determined to cross the water. Austin is hesitant at first, but successfully crosses over on the log. Abe ends up falling off the log, but Austin save him, and they decide to keep that experience between themselves. The story ends with Abe in the White House, and although Abe never saw Austin since he was a young boy, he will always remember Austin as the friend who saved his life.

The central message of this book was about the true friendship Abe had with his childhood friend Austin. My favorite part in the book was when "in the midst of the Civil War, Abe will be heard to say he'd rather see Austin Gollaher again that any other living man." Even though Abe had not seen him for a while, Abe was very affected and appreciative of the true friendship he had with Austin. I also like how the story does not end with Abe as a young boy, but as a man in the White House serving his Country.
  mkaray1 | Oct 27, 2014 |
In my opinion this was a wonderful book to read. I really enjoyed reading this book because of the author’s writing and the illustrations. The author’s writing was very engaging. He spoke to the reader and made comments as if the reader was having a conversation with the author. For example, in the opening page the text says, “This is green Kentucky valley is our place. Don’t you feel like sticking your toes into that rushing water? That’s Knob Creek.” The author uses a lot of “you” to speak to the reader which I think makes the book very lively. The illustrations in this book are great! Most of the illustrations take two pages. The illustrations aren’t separately on one page but overflow into the next page which really makes the drawings pop! For example, when Abe was in the river on a tree trunk, the river extend over to the second page and so did the tree trunk.
Overall, the main point of this book was to introduce Abraham Lincoln’s childhood friend, Austin Gollaher. The book describes tall tales about the adventures that the boys had when they were younger. ( )
  Scrane4 | Apr 2, 2014 |
Genre: Historical fiction
Audience: 3-5th grade
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek is a story about the friendship of young Abraham Lincoln and Austin Gollaher. In this book Hopkinson has taken great pains to ensure the accuracy of this story. She intricately discusses with the reader how the story would have actually taken place and how an author and illustrator should depict it in a picture book. She makes the illustrator redraw pictures in the book to point out to children that while interpreting historical fiction accuracy matters most, because it usually comes from a secondary source. I will definitely use this with my readesr to discuss primary source and secondary sources in Social Studies. ( )
  ShantiR | Feb 27, 2014 |
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This ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and Booklist Editors' Choice is an ingenious historical fiction picture book about the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It’s a tale of two boys who get themselves into more trouble than bear cubs in a candy store.

The year is 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin, is ten. Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don’t know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won’t tell you what happens, but let’s just say that our country wouldn’t be the same if Austin hadn’t been there to help his friend.

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In Knob Creek, Kentucky, in 1816, seven-year-old Abe Lincoln falls into a creek and is rescued by his best friend, Austin Gollaher.

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