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Author: Rosemary Wells

Illustrator: P.J. Lynch

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Publisher: Candlewick Press, ½2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Abraham Lincoln is on his way to Washington, DC. Will he be president? No one knows yet. Not even his son Willie who has joined him on this train ride from Chicago. Through this story, we follow Lincoln's journey from Illinois to the White House and through the Civil War through the eyes of Willie (11) and Tad (7). This is an illustrated historical fiction novel for independent readers.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 9 and up

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 3.5

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an incredibly well-researched, well-written story. As an adult I knew most of the facts, but hearing it from the Lincoln boys' perspective added a lot to the history.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations, exceptional writing, short chapters and history told by their "peers" will engage kids in understanding the Lincoln family and their public and private lives.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a slim volume that would make a wonderful gift and/or an addition to a collector's shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: GETTYSBURG: The Graphic Novel   GIVE ME LIBERTY   INTRUDERS ON BATTLESHIP ISLAND (The Bayshore Mysteries)

Educational Themes: There is lots to explore in this story: family dynamics, growing up in the white house, death, Civil War, life in 19th century America, etc.

Notes: The Reading Tub½ picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - history, US history, historical fiction, Presidents,

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2010

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