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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln (edition 2008)

by Doreen Rappaport, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)

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Title:Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Authors:Doreen Rappaport
Other authors:Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Civil War, authors note, illustrators note, Abe Lincoln, rhyme, President, biography, facts, freedom, slavery, war, nonfiction

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Abe's Honest Words : The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Doreen Rappaport



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I am a little biased, but I love Abraham Lincoln, so this book was an essential for me. It was an empowering story, from both a human rights perspective, and a working class one. I feel that Mr. Lincoln's life is important to share with students. This book has both a timeline of his life and quotes from Abraham Lincoln. The art is fantastic and lively. This would be a great book to share for President's day. It would also be good to help kick start a study on the civil war or even general nonfiction. ( )
  MissCogswell | Dec 5, 2016 |

The author Doreen Rappaport was able to bring Abraham Lincoln back to life through her ideas of his life. The book discusses Lincoln's childhood and how he was educated through self-teachings of math, politics, and literature. From a young age he held a strong dislike for slavery and spent his entire political career trying to abolish it. He was known as "Honest Abe" because of his ability to convey truth through respect and kind words.

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This book is a great way for young readers to learn about Abraham Lincoln. The illustrations are captivating. The book gives an overview of some of the amazing things Abraham Lincoln was able to accomplish through sel-teachings and conviction.

Classroom Extension:

1.Have students interview another classmate on their life story. The student can then create a biography of the interviewed student and read to the entire class.
2. Discuss the necessary components of a true biography.
3. Have students read a biography over an influential figure throughout history, then create a colorful and informational poster board with the main points of the biography. ( )
  cwarren0123 | Nov 25, 2016 |
Abe's Honest Words is a book that combines biographical information and quotes from Lincoln. The illustrations were beautiful and enhanced the text. Some critics have said that quotes are not cited, but there are selected research sources at the end of the book. This is a good biography for elementary students. It doesn't give a complete picture of Abraham Lincoln, as it is very favorable, with no flaws noted, but it is a good picture of how Lincoln's writings and speeches impacted our nation and helped begin the emancipation of slaves. ( )
  jmillerlits | Jul 20, 2016 |
Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
“Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln” by Doreen Rappaport is a great informational book for young readers. First, the book begins by giving history of Lincoln. “In the slave state of Kentucky, deep in the wilderness, young Abraham learned to hunt for nuts and currants and fish for trout and bass and tend to soil and seed.” The book continues on a chronological time line of Abraham Lincoln’s life that is easy to follow for readers that goes through to Lincoln’s death. Each page is fully illustrated in beautiful bright colors showing the most important aspect of the text. The text is rich in words, but only fills a small portion of the page. Underneath the text is a quote from Lincoln. After reading the text that Lincoln loved to read the quote says, “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll git me a book I ain’t read.” These quotes bring Lincoln to live so that readers can relate on a more personal level. At the end of the book there is a time line with important dates. It begins on February 12, 1809 when Lincoln was born. It not only lists all of Lincoln’s major political celebrations, but also includes more personal issues. For example, “April 4, 1853: A fourth son, Thomas, is born”. After the important dates, there are “If you want to learn more about Lincoln, read” and “Web Sites”. This book is a great resource for readers who want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln that hold their attention and isn’t dry or boring like textbook reading. The big idea of this story is to educate about Abraham Lincoln. ( )
  areyno5 | Nov 12, 2014 |
I thought this was a good book. The first reason why I liked the book was because the author included Lincoln’s point of view. On many of the pages the author included actual quotes of Lincoln’s words to go along with what was happening in his life or history. For example, wherever, whatever he always had a book in his hand. Then the quote below said, “Upon the subject of education, I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” I liked how the author included Lincoln’s words because it gave me a perspective on how he felt and his opinions. I felt like the author choosing to include this element in her writing enhanced the story. Through reading Lincoln’s quotes I was able to envision him actually saying his words so many years ago. The second reason why I liked the book was because it made me think about tough issues. For example the book included a lot of information about slavery during Lincoln’s time. For example it stated, “Nearly four million black men, women, and children were enslaved in southern states.” This really made me stop and think, “how awful life must have been for African American?” “What were they feeling during this terrible time?” Through reading this book I was forced to visualize that this type of treatment occurred to African Americans during that time in history. The main message of the book was to remember Lincoln’s life and his words. Also what occurred during his early life before he became president, and what occurred while he was president. ( )
  Germuth | Oct 25, 2014 |
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Kelley, Garymain authorall editionsconfirmed
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I thoroughly enjoyed the detailed and colorful illustration of this book. It did a fair job of summarizing the main events of Lincoln's life and I feel it would be appropriate to read aloud to a classroom aged audience. I believe this book would prove to be useful supplementary reading when studying subjects such as the civil war or civil rights. I consider the author's success at portraying Honest Abe as a relatable character proved to be a strong significant part of this book
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An introduction to the life and career of America's 16th president.

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