Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Resolve to be honest at all events and if you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer.  Choose some other occupations.

Abraham Lincoln’s own words are sprinkled throughout the text in this beautiful biography, written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.  Conviction, perseverance and human rights pervade the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, ideals he embraced long before his presidency.

The author’s and illustrator’s notes are insightful, and it’s apparent that like Lincoln, Rappaport honed her script until it was the elegant, precise story we read today.  Kadir Nelson’s artwork, as always, is stunning, emotional and perspicacious.

The backmatter includes a timeline, further reading suggestions and The Gettysburg Address.  View The Emancipation Proclamation here.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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