Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Great beginners biography

While I found the bubbles of the side comments made by the characters distracting, I did like the premise of this book. Humanizing larger than life characters makes it easier for children to relate to them. Meltzer picks themes that children can identify with so Abraham Lincoln ceases being the "guy on the penny", and his actions of fighting for what one believes in becomes understandable. In a few scenarios, Meltzer retells stories supposedly from Lincoln's own experiences that explains how his ideals were developed. He takes relatable situations like bullying, really caring about his education, and seeing that slavery was morally wrong to introduce the children to the type of things Lincoln stood for and couple them with moving quotes from his speeches. Later, snapshots like a scrap book are put in so children can recognize the real man from the cartoon. I liked this book and think it's a great way to introduce young children to the awesome figures in history, making them pint sized for young minds to grasp their importance.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

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