Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

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Disney-Hyperion, Nov 11, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 48 pages
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From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong.† A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to†literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved towards greater equality and prosperity.†

Despite the obstacles he faced as a self-educated man from the back woods, Lincoln persevered in his political career, and his compassion and honesty gradually earned him the trust of many Americans.† As† president, he guided the nation through a long and bitter civil war and penned the document that would lead to the end of slavery in the United States.

The passion for humanity that defined Lincolnís life shines through in this momentous follow-up to Martinís Big Words and Johnís Secret Dreams.† Told in Doreen Rappaportís accessible, absorbing prose, and brought to life in powerful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, Abeís Honest Words is an epic portrait of a truly great American president.

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Review: Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

User Review  - Cathi - Goodreads

This is a terrific children's book! It has large, beautiful illustrations, simple-but-informative text, accompanied by Lincoln's own words on every other page. I enjoyed the quotes, the interesting ... Read full review

Review: Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

User Review  - Alexis Fiore - Goodreads

The illustrations were amazing and so beautiful to look at! This book was also a great source to learn about Abraham Lincoln. It covers majors events that have happened in his life and his hard fight ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Doreen Rappaport has written numerous award-winning books for children, including: Freedom Ship and The School Is Not White (both illustrated by Curtis James); Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book; and John's Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon, also illustrated by Bryan Collier. She lives and writes in upstate New York.


Kadir Nelson is the illustrator of many books for children, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, an NAACP Image Award winner, a Caldecott Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner; Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner; Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee; and Will Smith's Just the Two of Us, also an NAACP Image Award winner. He is also the author/illustrator of We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.

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