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

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.

Genre: Historical Fiction ( )
  sommerkirk | Jan 27, 2015 |
Favorite! This is a story about Abe and his first friend Austin going on an adventure to find partridges on the other side of a creek after a heavy rain. During this book, the author is constantly having a conversation with the reader, letting the reader know what they are thinking throughout the whole process. This would be a great book to use while learning about history and explaining to the students that each major person in history has had a life before their major event happened. It would also be a good book to read again later in the year when we are talking about how books are made and the thoughts that an author has while writing a book. Genre: Historical Fiction ( )
  amassingale | Jan 23, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037583768X, Hardcover)

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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