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by Deborah Hopkinson

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This story starts in the year 1816 when Abe was only seven years old. His good friend Austin was only ten at the time. Abe and Austin thought it would be great idea to take an adventure to Knob Creek. The water of the creek looks scary and deep which Austin then points out the fact that neither of them knows how to swim. However, Abe still was to cross it. The illustrator and author retell what happens when they cross the lake. Then it leads on to Abe becoming president and tells what happens to Austin. In the end Austin’s story mattered even if he did not end up in the history books like Abe.
  kbuffum13 | Apr 13, 2015 |
Genre or Type of Picture Book: Historical Fiction, Adventure Recommended for: Primary- Intermediate

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing his Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix, is a beautifully illustrated book. The illustrations are chaotic representing the new frontier but also the coloring perfectly conveys the landscape of the frontier in the 1800's. The story begins from the authors point of view. She introduces the illustrator, who's hand you can see is painting the story. This element is very captivating for all ages. The story is about Abe Lincoln the 16th president of the US and his friend Austin, back in Kentucky. They decide to travel down Knob Creek, before realizing they cannot swim. The book offers readers with a "what if" Abe and Austin's adventures had gone differently. Would he still be the president? This type of picture book is great for primary and intermediate readers because it is intriguing while also demanding some thought. The theme of friendship throughout this book is a realistic theme that children of all ages can identify with.
  sumnergreen8 | Mar 25, 2015 |
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek is a historical fiction book that pairs humor with life lessons. Abe and Austin are childhood friends on an adventure, and a dangerous one at that. Read the last page for a life lesson that children will surely understand. This book is interactive for readers and is appropriate for beginners. ( )
  jenniferm14 | Mar 9, 2015 |
This book described a story behind the history of Abe Lincoln of him as a child. It was about his relationship with his friend, and an adventure that they had while crossing the river. The book was engaging and felt like a conversation at some points rather than a simple book.

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  sommerkirk | Jan 27, 2015 |

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 |
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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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