Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

If you grew up with Abraham Lincoln

If you grew up with Abraham Lincoln

Ann McGovern
Illustrator:  George Ulrich 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 7 to 10
Scholastic, 1992   ISBN: 0590451545

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a famous person from history? Imagine for a moment that you were Abraham Lincoln, that tall thin man who is almost shown wearing his famous stove pipe hat. Imagine that before you grew up to be that man you were a boy living in a log cabin in the wilds of Kentucky and Indiana.

The cabin that Abraham Lincoln lived in was very primitive and he had very few of the finer things in life until the day when his father brought home a new wife. The new Mrs. Lincoln brought some prettier and more comfortable things with her and she also brought books which she let Abe read. If you were Abe at this time the clothes that you wore would be rough and probably homemade and most of what you ate came from the crops that you grew, the wild animals that you shot, or the livestock that you raised. You would have to work very hard, even if you were still a child, and going to school would be a luxury which you would not often get to enjoy. If you decided that you did not want to be a farmer on the frontier, as Abe did, you would have to leave your home to find new opportunities elsewhere.

Using thirty questions and answers the author of this book tells her readers a great deal about the life and work of Abraham Lincoln. The author asks and answers the kind of questions children are most likely to be interested in. For example, among other things, she asks what people on the frontier would have eaten, what games the children might have played, and what books they might have read.

This is one of the titles in the “If you…” series.