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A. Lincoln and me
Borden, Louise.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
With the help of his teacher, a young boy realizes that he not only shares his birthday and similar physical appearance with Abraham Lincoln, but that he is like him in other ways as well.
Reading Level:
AD 650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 42833.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 17382 Guided reading level: M.
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A tall, skinny young boy finds courage and inspiration in the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, whose big heart helped keep a nation together.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. Ben, tall and skinny, shares his birth date with Abraham Lincoln. In this picture book for an audience slightly older than the preschool crowd, Ben muses about that connection and about A. Lincoln (who didn't like to be called "Abe"). Borden's text, which has the lilt of poetry, does a good job of mixing the boy's thoughts about himself ("Sometimes I have big, clumsy feet") with commentary about Lincoln ("Half the nation once called Lincoln many names . . . like gorilla and baboon and backwoods hick"). Occasionally, she stretches her point about the boy's interest in his birthday partner a bit too far ("I think about Lincoln when I'm reading good books and I don't want them to end). Yet overall, the text should pique the interest of primary-grade kids. An even bigger spark of interest will spring from Lewin's imaginative and, as always, expertly executed artwork. The narrator and his friends, teacher, and brother are painted in watercolors that glow with reality. These pictures are juxtaposed against background pencil sketches of Lincoln: the first spread has 28 head views of him at various ages--bearded and not, smiling and pensive. Later, the poses of Lincoln become even stronger as he appears in statues and on the head of a penny. Lincoln is not just an icon here. The cornerstone of the story is the way a modern-day child can relate to a man who happened to be president. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

The gangly narrator of this earnest tale shares a birthday with Abraham Lincoln; moreover, the boy has big hands and feet and is "skinny as a beanpole/ and tall for my age." When his outsize features invite teasing from classmates, his kind, articulate teacher, Mrs. Giff, also draws on the boy's resemblance to the famous president: "Lincoln had big hands, too. Strong hands.... Strong enough to split rails for a fence, and wrestle two men at a time, and pull 36 states back together.... Big hands and a big heart." Lewin's (Peppe the Lamplighter) realistic watercolor portraits bring the youngster and his changing emotions into close focus, while rough background sketches render the former president. The juxtaposition of these elements simultaneously conveys the feel of two distinct eras and reinforces the parallels stressed in the text. Borden's (Good Luck, Mrs. K.!) use of body type to link the boy and his hero gives her inspirational story a fresh, child-geared slant, and her descriptions of Lincoln are often poetic and pertinent. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-A young boy whose birthday falls on February 12th develops an interest in and an affinity for Abraham Lincoln. In poetic language, he notes the similarities between himself and his hero. Lincoln was tall for his age, skinny, and gawky, and so is he. If Lincoln could go on to greatness, then there is hope for him. Through the boy's reflections, readers will learn something about the nature of our 16th president. If at times the narrator's interest seems to border disquietingly on obsession, it does help see him through some teasing at school. Borden's text flows nicely, creating imagery of the physical presence of the man. Lewin's distinctive watercolors lend style and substance to the book, producing a treat for the eyes. A story that's likely to spark discussion about heroes and role models.-Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.