A spirited biography of the early years of Abraham Lincoln, one of history’s greatest and most important U.S. presidents!
Abraham Lincoln grew up poor and without schooling in a Kentucky wilderness and lost his mother before he was ten. It was sparkplug Sally Bush Johnston, who later married Abe’s father, brought a library of books to their log cabin home, and believed in Abe from the beginning. Her confidence in him was an inspiring turning point for young Abe, who went on to become one of the most revered and respected presidents in United States history.
Full-color illustrations. Includes bibliography!
About the Turning Point series:
Sometimes there is a happening in our lives that changes the way we think about ourselves and sends us along a new path. These turning points can come when we are young—thorugh a person we meet, an experience we have, a difficulty we overcome.
Since 1789, only a small number of people have been president of the United States. What has made these individuals unique? Was there a turning point in their lives that caused them to change direction and set them on a path that led them to the White House?
— Judith St. George
About the Author
Judith St. George has published dozens of successful nonfiction books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning So You Want to Be President? and the historical Turning Point series, including You’re On Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt; Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln; and Take the Lead, George Washington. You can visit her online at www.judithstgeorge.com.
Matt Faulkner (www.mattfaulkner.com) has illustrated such picture books as Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson, Scatterbrain Sam, and many other fiction and nonfiction picture book titles.
What People are Saying About This
“Fast-paced. . . . Children accustomed to typically staid photographs of Lincoln will laugh out loud seeing him depicted as a squalling baby and a young boy riding a pet pig.”—School Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book about the person who became the icon. Lincoln is matched in public reverence only by Washington himself, perhaps even more, so it is difficult for anyone, not to mention children, to think of the bearded bust on the penny as an actual person, a person who was a child himself and who had to learn and grow as we all do. This book beautifully illustrates, both in pictures and text, the childhood path that shaped the singular man Lincoln was to become later in life. From moving at an early age to losing his mom, from schooling "by littles" to a new family, his childhood hardships and triumphs helped to mold the future president to be the right person at the right time when we needed him the most.
It is cool because they show him being born and his mother's grave.
An inspiring account of Abraham Lincoln's childhood, Judith St. George and Matt Faulkner (whose illustrations offer pleasing, expressive faces)show us how Lincoln overcame poverty, the death of his mother and irregular access to education, setting the groundwork for his road to the presidency. Most surprising was the touching relationship between Lincoln and his stepmother, Sally, as the two form a loving bond despite Lincoln's initial coldness towards her. I think this book could make Lincoln more human to children who are used to seeing his stolid portraits in history books. Also good connections to teaching about step parents and the importance of education.
This is a wonderfully told story about the early years of Abraham Lincoln. Beautiful illustrations and a great eye opener for our young people today. A fine book to share with your grandchildren.