IT'S UP TO YOU, ABE LINCOLN by Leila Hirschfeld
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IT'S UP TO YOU, ABE LINCOLN

From the "It's Up to You" series
Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

One decision can change your life…these 10 decisions turned a man into a president.

The father-daughter Hirschfeld team examines the life of Abraham Lincoln in this quirky and humorous biography. The narrative is written as if it’s speaking directly to Lincoln, using active, directional statements that transport readers into each highlighted moment of history. And what a history it is; 10 key moments in Honest Abe’s life (including the coinage of that moniker) are discussed across 10 chapters. Each chapter concludes with a quiz for readers encouraging them to predict how Abe should react to each situation. Each quiz is followed by “The Reveal,” a summary of how and why Lincoln responded to each specific situation. Sprinkled throughout are facts about Lincoln’s life, vocabulary lessons, and archival images of Abe’s contemporaries embellished with humorous, cartoonish speech bubbles. The overall effect gives readers an image of our 16th president that is humanizing and engaging. After the 10 questions have wrapped, the book continues over an additional 10 chapters that are packed with trivia, information on Abe’s personal and professional lives, and one score and change of bibliographic wonders. The humor doesn’t run out in the second half; readers are challenged to imagine Abe’s reactions to modern concepts from genetic engineering to emojis. Educators will love this title for its wealth of information, and young readers will love it for its welcoming tone.

Be a best friend and give this book to someone who has not read it. (Biography. 10-12)

Pub Date: Dec. 4th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-553-50953-3
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Crown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2018




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