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Do you like to read?
Do you think words are important? Well, this is the story of a young
boy who lived in the 1800s who loved to read. He read any chance
he got. He read while plowing the filed. Or chopping wood.
He borrowed books from friends. And this young man believed in the
power of words. His words are still spoken today. The young
boy's name was Abe Lincoln.
This picture book biography
emphasizes young Abeís love of learning, which made him ill suited to the
rough physical lifestyle of the frontier. Although the text is laid out
like free-verse poetry, it reads like prose, and the lively oil paintings,
which glow with outdoorsy shades of yellow and orange, add humor. An authorís
note offers additional facts about Lincolnís adulthood and presidency.
(Prepared by: Alleene Holland,
Picture Book Awards)