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Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered

Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered

Barry Denenberg
Illustrator:  Christopher Bing 
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 9 and up
Macmillan, 2008   ISBN: 031237013X

President Abraham Lincoln is dead! Can you imagine what it would have been like to see this headline in the newspaper on the day that Lincoln died, April 14th, 1865? Looking back to this time after more than one hundred years have passed is not always easy. What was it really like to read about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in the newspaper? How did America react to the tragic event? Now there is a way that you can get a real feel for what it was like to be alive in 1865.

In this unique large format book Barry Denenberg and illustrator Christopher Bing take their readers back in time to the days following Abraham Lincoln’s death. They then go further back still to the days when he was growing up on the frontier and when he was, as a young man, trying to build a life for himself. The high and low moments in Lincoln’s life are described in vivid detail, and readers will come away with a real sense of what it was like to live in America in the 1800’s, and what it was like to have Abraham Lincoln at the helm during a very difficult time in America’s history

Presented in the format of a period newspaper, This book allows readers to read about Lincoln’s life, and they can also look at photographs and illustrations, see dramatic headline and war maps, and read advertisements that reflect the times.