Abe's Honest Words

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

By Rappaport, Doreen

Publishers Summary:
From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong. A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved towards greater equality and prosperity. Despite the obstacles he faced as a self-educated man from the back woods, Lincoln persevered in his political career, and his compassion and honesty gradually earned him the trust of many Americans. As president, he guided the nation through a long and bitter civil war and penned the document that would lead to the end of slavery in the United States. The passion for humanity that defined Lincoln's life shines through in this momentous follow-up to Martin's Big Words and John's Secret Dreams. Told in Doreen Rappaport's accessible, absorbing prose, and brought to life in powerful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, Abe's Honest Words is an epic portrait of a truly great American president.

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ISBN
978-1-42310-408-7
Publisher
Hyperion


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2008

Gr 3-6 Written in prose as elegant and spare as that of its subject, this distinguished book takes readers from Abe's backwoods boyhood in Kentucky to his first harrowing witnessing of slavery in New Orleans, on to the Illinois legislature and the presidency. Each half-page of generously spaced text appears against a white background. Rappaport's carefully chosen words are both accessible and effective: "The war dragged on./Lincoln grew sadder and sadder/as more men died." Until, "The South finally ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2008

With language as lean as our sixteenth president, Rappaport brings to light the major influences on and turning points in Lincoln's life. Excerpts from Lincoln's own speeches (although the sources are not uniformly acknowledged) ground these highlights—the death of his mother, his unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, his fight against slavery, and his two inaugurations. Big events, such as the Emancipation Proclamation, receive ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

In spare language, Rappaport describes turning points in Lincoln's life, accompanied by excerpts from his speeches. Big events receive eloquent quot...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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