In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birth month, as well as the 150th anniversary of the 2nd year of the American Civil War, a good book to know about is The Lincolns: a Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming. The scrapbook format is inviting, and allows readers to take in a little or a lot, in chronological order or here and there, with satisfaction. The book is a window into the lives of some of the most famous and important people in American history, so readers can see their human side as well as the reasons they had such an impact on the course of the country. Newspaper clippings, photos, cartoons, notes (including those in Lincoln's hand) and text depict the personal lives of the Lincoln Family and the tumultuous time in history in which they lived. I also enjoyed reading of the connection the author has with her subject. Included in the “scraps” is Mary Lincoln’s recipe for Abe’s favorite cake--it’s delicious! For anyone celebrating Lincoln’s life this month--even if you don’t make the cake--take a look at the book!
Recommended for students Grades 5 and up.
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