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Abraham Lincoln : letters from a slave girl
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
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Publication Information:
Delray Beach, FL : Winslow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
136 pages ; 23 cm.
A fictional correspondence between President Abraham Lincoln and a twelve-year-old slave girl that discusses his decision to write the Emancipation Proclamation.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 3.0 56474.
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X Young Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Young Adult Fiction Young Adult

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The Dear Mr. President series brings history alive through fictitious correspondence between a president and a young person. These thought-provoking letters provide valuable insights into important moments in American history through their portrayal of issues from other times. Although the letters are imagined, they are all based upon meticulous historical research. To capture each president's personality and the voice of the youth of each time period, the authors draw on definitive books, firsthand interviews, and other reliable sources.Elegantly designed in two colors, the books include photographs, illustrations, maps, primary source material, reproductions of actual letters, a presidential biography, U.S. postal history, timelines, and an index.The interactive Web footnotes throughout the books are a unique feature of the Dear Mr. President series. These footnotes point readers to the series Web page at for further information on a particular topic. This invaluable Web page encourages individual exploration, expertly guiding visitors through the vast resources of the Internet. There they will find primary source materials, links, historical sites, interactive games, and activities.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. In the third volume in the Dear Mr. President series, Pinkney creates a lively, two-year correspondence between Abraham Lincoln and Lettie Tucker, a 12-year-old slave living on a plantation in South Carolina. Lettie respectfully challenges Lincoln, and as she writes about her life and family, the consequences should he fail to end slavery are dramatically revealed. Lincoln's genial, concerned responses depict both his determination to preserve the Union and his conflicted, gradually changing views about abolition. Lettie emerges as engaging, determined, and empathic, whether chiding or comforting Lincoln, grieving when her father is sold, or rejoicing because of the Emancipation Proclamation and her family's new life in Philadelphia. The letters are beautifully written and accompanied by numerous photographs, but the book seems cluttered. And with a publisher's note, an introduction, two pages of ads for the series, three bibliographies, interactive footnotes, an index, and notes linking the text to the publisher's Web site, it seems more like nonfiction than fiction. Still, the price is right, the premise is interesting, the research connections useful, and the letters thought provoking. --Chris Sherman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-This series title presents fictionalized letters between a 12-year-old slave girl living on a South Carolina plantation and President Lincoln, from 1861 to 1863. Lettie Tucker has been secretly taught to read and write by the plantation owner's daughter, who encouraged her to begin the correspondence. She describes her life and her family's circumstances and challenges the president on his position toward slavery, urging him to free the slaves. Lincoln describes his life with the First Lady and two of their sons in the White House, the progress of the war, and his evolving position regarding slavery, culminating in the Emancipation Proclamation. The book includes photos, paintings, engravings, prints, reproductions, and a description of the U.S. postal service. This title raises interesting issues about slavery that are relevant to present-day discussions on race relations. It will be useful for supplementary reading for school curricula.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.