Grades 3 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 4.9
Lexile Measure®: 900L
Guided Reading: S
- Civil War Period and Reconstruction
- American Civil War
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- The Presidency
- Historic Figures
About This Book
Originally published in 1940, this classic biography of Abraham Lincoln is a must have for any fan of the d'Aulaires..
America was at a crossroads in 1939 as they debated whether to join the Allies in their battle against Hitler's relentless march across Europe. As European immigrants, the d'Aulaires felt keenly the importance of standing against injustice, and saw in Lincoln the archetypal American hero as he stood against the injustice of slavery. It was this spirit they hoped to exemplify in their biography of young Abe as he grew into manhood against the backdrop of the wilderness of Kentucky, the deep woods of Indiana, and the prairies of Illinois.
Camping for weeks in Lincoln country, the d'Aulaires imbibed the spirit of the man Lincoln, as well as his humor and good will. From his days as a clerk, teaching himself law reading Blackstone, practicing law in Springfield, running unsuccessfully for office, debating Stephen Douglas over the issue of slavery, and ultimately becoming President of the United States, the d'Aulaires have written and beautifully illustrated the life of one of America's most remarkable citizens.
A Caldecott Medal Book