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Young Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days, 1809?1837 Hardcover – Picture Book, September 1, 1998

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Ages 6^-9. This brief picture book traces the life of America's sixteenth president, from his Kentucky log-cabin origins through his early manhood in New Salem, Illinois. Harness describes Lincoln's early passion for school, his family's moves through three midwestern states, and the sadness surrounding the deaths of his mother (1818) and sister (1828). She also recounts Lincoln's early experiences as a boatman, postmaster, storekeeper, land surveyor, soldier, and wrestler. At the end of the book, Lincoln leaves New Salem for Springfield, Illinois, after finally finding his niche in law and politics. Full-color illustrations capture the spirit of life on the American frontier and include details that will fascinate young listeners. Several paintings include maps with captions highlighting events from the times that should help to clarify the Lincoln chronology. A good choice for primary-classroom read-alouds; a dust-jacket note indicates that a sequel is planned. Kay Weisman

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A folksy, genial biography, subtitled ``The Frontier Days, 18091837,'' this is an accessible if bland work. From his log-cabin birth and hardscrabble boyhood to his emergence as a politician, Abraham Lincoln is portrayed as a frontier Everyman, with ``shirttail a'flappin' '' and a love of learning. Not cut out for farming (though from an early age he ``swung his axe alongside the big boys''), sad-eyed Abe ``wanted to work with his mind.'' He contemplates ``the restless river of ideas'' as a flatboatman, joins a debating society, gets elected to the Illinois General Assembly, and sets out to be a lawyer in the new state capital. Harness (Papa's Christmas Gift, 1995, etc.) provides highly detailed, occasionally stiff illustrations, along with maps that reflect the land divisions of the times. Harness will cover more of Abe's life in a future book. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

Product details

  • Lexile measure : 1010L
  • Grade level : 3 - 7
  • Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
  • Hardcover : 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0792227131
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0792227137
  • Dimensions : 8.8 x 0.38 x 11.22 inches
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher : National Geographic Kids; Illustrated edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: : English
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