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Title:
Stand tall, Abe Lincoln
Author:
St. George, Judith, 1931-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2008]

©2008
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Summary:
Growing up poor in the backwoods of Kentucky and Indiana, Abraham Lincoln lost his mother before he was ten. But Sally Johnston, who married Abe's father a year later, brought a library of books to their log cabin home and turned young Abe's life around.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 1.0 119939.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.8 4 Quiz: 42900.
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ISBN:
9780399241741
Format :
Book

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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 married his father, brought a library of books to their log cabin home, and believed in Abe from the beginning. She was an inspiring turning point for young Abe, who went on to become America's sixteenth and most popular and respected president.

A spirited introduction to the great American for young readers and a glimpse of how any human can rise to surprising heights.


Author Notes

Judith St. George (born 1931) was an American author, most famous for writing So You Want to Be President? Author and illustrator David Small was awarded the 2001 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in the book. St. George wrote more than 40 books, most were historical fiction. She was born in Westfield, NJ and graduated from Smith College.

Saint George died on June 10, 2015; she was 84.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This large-format picture book begins with the birth of Abe Lincoln and shows him as a child attending school, making friends, and working on the family farm. After his mother's death devastated the family, Abe's father marries Sally, a widow with three children. Though illiterate, Sally brings books into the household and makes it her business to see that Abe had time for reading and for school, even when his father thought that farmwork should take precedence. Faulkner's gouache paintings dramatize scenes in an inviting manner, with a sense of high spirits and comic exaggeration barely restrained, and, occasionally, not quite restrained. The engaging text makes a narrative of Lincoln's childhood, emphasizing the pivotal role of Sally Lincoln, whose determination not only satisfied Abe's longing for learning but also gave him a path out of poverty. A note on Lincoln's later life and a bibliography are appended. From the Turning Point series, which presents the childhoods of presidents, this offers a vivid introduction to the young Lincoln.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2007 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Among children's books paying tribute to past American leaders, the fourth in the Turning Point Book series, Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln by Judith St. George, illus. by Matt Faulkner, explores the tragedy-marked youth of the future President. Both text and Faulkner's exaggerated gouache paintings highlight the joy and sorrow of Lincoln's hardscrabble upbringing. (Philomel, $16.99 48p ages 5-up ISBN 9780-399-24174-1; Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-This account of Lincoln's childhood is written in fast-paced, short sentences. St. George, author of So You Want to Be President? (Philomel, 2000), uses a folksy, conversational style and incorporates old-fashioned words such as "ignoramus" and "dunderheads" to add to the period feel. She chose incidents from Lincoln's life that will help children understand the man he became, demonstrating an early awareness of the feelings of others and a desire for fairness. She also emphasizes how family members, including his mother and stepmother, helped Lincoln to achieve his potential. Faulkner's humorous illustrations are a perfect match for the text. 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. The expressive images are done in a caricature style, with slightly exaggerated hands, feet, and heads. Large and colorful, the visuals sprawl across the spreads as if the action cannot be easily contained. Although the narrative covers only Lincoln's younger years, his adult professional life is summarized in an endnote.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.