A warm engaging story of the big, festive day in Henry Oak's life. Allowed to drive the horse to Freeport by himself so that he may report to his family on the great debate between Stephen A. Douglas, the Little Giant, and ""Honest Abe"" Lincoln, Henry appreciates to the limit the unfettered joy in the world, in independence, in his right to change allegiance from Douglas to Lincoln after the thrill of talking to and shaking hands with Lincoln. He accepts, too, the rights of those about him, rich and poor, black and white, rights to freedom, rights to participate in government. A vivid, intimate, personal story, well told, and presented in an attractive book, with lively illustrations in line by Charles Banks Wilson. One ten year old characterizes the story as ""neat"" -- high praise from him!