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Abe Lincoln remembers
Turner, Ann Warren.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A simple description of the life of Abraham Lincoln, presented from his point of view.
Reading Level:
790 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 45400.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.8 2 Quiz: 23835 Guided reading level: O.
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I told Mary that tonight is a time to be happy. As we wait to go see a play, I think again of that little house, the small window, the piece of sky with two birds and one squirrel. How much has come to pass since then.

One evening in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln sits quietly in the White House. He is waiting for his wife, Mary. Tonight they will go to the theater to see a play. It has been a long time since the President has allowed himself an evening of rest.

While he waits, he thinks back on his life and the long journey from a small log cabin in Kentucky to the stately White House in Washington, a journey filled with the greatest joys and the deepest sorrows.

Extraordinarily moving text and stunning, historically accurate paintings join together to present a fictional portrait of one of the most revered figures in American history.

Author Notes

Ann Warren Turner was born in December 1945. She is an American poet and children's author. Her poetry works include Tickle a Pickle, Street Talk, Mississippi Mud, and Learning to Swim: a Memoir. Her picture books include Dakota Dugout, When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia: What I Learned of Freedom, Pumpkin Cat, and Sitting Bull Remembers. her novels include: A Hunter Comes Home, Rosemary's Witch, and Hard Hit. She has also won first prize in 1967 from The Atlantic Monthly college creative writing contest and first prize in 1991 from the National Council for the Social Studies for Through the Stars ansd Night Skies.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-8, older for reading alone. In what the jacket flap copy refers to as a "fictional biography," Abe Lincoln reflects on his life one evening after the Civil War has ended, as he and his wife "wait to go see a play." Turner's free-verse reminiscence gracefully ties images and themes from Lincoln's youth to those of his adult years. It is never clear whether thoughts ascribed to Lincoln, such as "I'd read any chance I got and dreamed of freedom, of rising like a hawk into the sky to some fine, high place," are actually his or are the fictional part of the biography. Still, young people will hear the basic story of Lincoln's life and gain some appreciation for the man and his accomplishments. Minor's well-composed paintings, best seen from a little distance, effectively portray the man as he ages. Teachers looking for books to read aloud on Presidents Day may want to consider this one. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The author chronologically organizes the biography into accessible vignettes, each accompanied by a finely detailed illustration marked by sharp, nearly photographic definitions," wrote PW. Ages 6-9. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Crisp, richly colored paintings accompany somber prose in this dreamy evocation of Lincoln's life and accomplishments, narrated in the first person by a mature president in the White House before an evening at the theater. The fictional memoir broadly describes the man's life from his youth in a Kentucky log cabin to the end of the Civil War; a concluding two-page historical note fills in some factual gaps and appraises readers of Lincoln's fate at the hands of John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater. Vivid full-page illustrations provide counterpoint to islands of verse; a rendering of Lincoln's signature and simple colonial drawings unify the text pages. The striking cover illustration of Lincoln framed in the doorway of a log cabin is memorable. Factual picture books for children are often betwixt and between, neither read casually nor sought as research material for reports. If properly placed, Abe Lincoln Remembers can satisfy both camps, though the solemnity of the presentation favors its use as an American history resource.-Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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