The author of several adult books on the Lincoln theme has, for the first time, turned her attention to the young reader. Unfortunately, despite her admirable grasp of the subject, there is little here either of a historical or literary nature to in any way recommend this effort. In attempting to tell the story of Lincoln's life Mrs. Randall uses the President's love of animals as a device. Wherever one takes up the story of Lincoln, his boyhood, his presidency, even at his funeral there are animals, animals everywhere. And always, President Lincoln them. This love, which in this depiction, begins to seem a little excessive, does not do much to animate the hopelessly plodding quality of the biography, and in the end, Abraham Lincoln suffers somewhat at the expense of this attempt to integrate his phenomenal life closely with the members of the animal kingdom.