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Abraham Lincoln by Amy L. Cohn

Abraham Lincoln

by Amy L. Cohn

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I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. One of which is because it focuses on the events that lead Abraham Lincoln to become the 16th President which he is famous for. For example, the reader is able to journey through Abraham's life from Kentucky, where he was born, to Indiana where his family moved when he was seven years old and so forth. While this book covers a number of Abraham's strengths, it only lists one weakness which is that he lost a senate race in 1858. As a result, the author does appear to be bias as she only lists one weakness which is not a flaw. Overall, the big idea of this book is to show how Abraham Lincoln had to overcome a number of personal struggles in his life (Lack of education, the loss of his mother, etc) in order to become the man he is remembered as today. ( )
  Mjager1 | Apr 3, 2017 |
Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on a corn husk mattress. He was always a big kid and was a tall man also. He didn't go to school full time because he had to help provide for his family by chopping down trees and farming. He did teach himself how to read and write and do arithmetic. He had many jobs at the age of 21. He left to new towns to study, deliver mail, and also being a soldier. He began with politics after being in a couple elections that he actually won. He was also a lawyer. He got married to Mary Todd and they had four boys together. He ended slavery by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. He was shot while in a theater watching a play.

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I liked this book a lot because I really like learning about more things our Presidents did.

Classroom Extension:
1. This would make a great lesson on learning about our Presidents.
2. Students could do artwork of Abraham Lincoln in class.
  dillonmarsh | Jul 25, 2016 |
This is the story of Abraham Lincoln. I really enjoyed this book because it focused from the time Abraham Lincoln to the time of his assassination. Most books only focus on the time he was president. Students can learn new facts about the sixteenth president. There is a useful timeline at the end of the book. This is a good source to use in a social studies class. ( )
  ccanizales | Mar 17, 2015 |
This biography about Abraham Lincoln starts off with when he was born on a cornhusk mattress in Kentucky. It says ever since he was a baby he was big boy so it's no wonder he grew into such a tall man. He grew up farming and chopping down trees to help provide for his family rather than going to school full time. He taught himself to read and write and do arithmetic. When he was twenty-one he set off to a new town studying, being a soldier, delivery mail, and many other jobs. He got into politics and after being in a couple of elections he actually won. He was also a lawyer at the time. He married Mary Todd they had four boys. He became president. He was known for making great speeches and signed the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery. He was a very tired man. He was shot at a theater while watching a play and died a few hours later.

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I really liked this biography because Lincoln was my favorite president so its nice to know some of the other things he did in his life. I find it very admirable that he taught himself and made it to where he did in life.

Classroom Extensions Ideas:
1. This would obviously make for a great historical lesson on the times and Lincolns Presidency.
2. This would be a great story on persevering and that students can do anything they set their minds too.
  AlexCCrupper | Nov 11, 2014 |
This is a biography book about Abraham Lincoln. This book tells about Abraham as he grows up from a baby and then into a grown man. This book explains his love of reading and how he would work as hard as he could throughout his life. He eventually became famous through his speeches about slavery and this helped him win a seat as President of the United States. He tried to unite the United States as the north and south were not agreeing. This eventually led to war and many people passed on. Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, stating that all slaves were to be free. As healing began to take place after the war, an angry person took Abraham Lincoln's life. He is still honored today.

Personal Reaction:
I like this book even though I am not really into history a whole lot. I like the way the book tells about Abraham Lincoln's life starting as a baby and then goes throughout his childhood and then into adulthood. This makes the book more interesting to read and would appeal better to children. Children would learn about other people that did great things in the world and they started out just like them. This would encourage children to make a better life for others despite all the hard work and effort it takes. Abraham Lincoln did it.

Extension Ideas:
1. Have the class write an essay about what they have learned about this book and the life of Abraham Lincoln.
2. Have the class act out a play about Abraham Lincoln's life.
3. Draw and color a picture of Abraham Lincoln and tell about his life in a couple of paragraphs and then hang it on the wall outside the classroom.
  spring.rainbow | Mar 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590935666, Hardcover)

With a down-home, folksy flavor, Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt have written an unusual biography of Abe Lincoln that is sure to become a perennial classic.

In their first collaboration as storytellers since FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt tell Lincoln's story from his birth to his untimely death. Begining with his humble start in a log cabin in Kentucky, the authors take us through his young life working on the family farm, learning to read and write on his own with only the crudest schooling, his early love of knowledge, and the sad times when he lost his mother. They delve into his adult life as a lawyer, a father, a husband, a politician, a military leader and a president - all the while exploring the many facets of his character - his kindness, his wisdom, his compassion, and his wonderful, quirky humor. Readers will relish this flavor-rich biography that portrays a favorite American hero with rare sensitivity.

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A simple biography of the Illinois lawyer who served the country as president through the difficulties of the Civil War.

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