Who Was Abraham Lincoln

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Bibliographic Information: Pascal, Janet B. Who Was Abraham Lincoln. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2008. Print.

Brief Annotation: This chapter book is a great non-fiction book that focuses on helping children read at their own level while learning a great amount about a Great Man and President of the U.S.  It discusses relevant events in U.S. history while always centering its information on Abe Lincoln.  The size font, and word choice is perfect for beginning chapter book readers.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Grade Level: 2-4

Readers who will like this: Readers who like books that discuss people and history within the U.S.  Students will also enjoy this book if they are beginning to read independently and are at a higher level of reading than picture books or short stories.

Rating/ Response: 5 – This book is great.  It provides so many valuable facts about Abraham Lincoln.  It also tells students fun random facts such as, “A little girl wrote to the newly elected president telling him he would look more like a president if he grew a beard, therefore he grew a beard!”  What a fun way to learn about one of America’s Presidents.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do you think it was like in the 1800’s?  What do you think it would be like to be president after fighting in the civil war — the war against slavery?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)

Rationale for Strategy: Students can either read this book independently, or listen to a read aloud from their teacher.  Either way this small chapter book is a great beginning to an endless hobby of reading for students.

Posted by: Alexa Wachter

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