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Presidents' Day 2015-Just Like Abraham Lincoln

This Presidents' Day, we’re recommending a selection of our eBooks that all cover the life of one of our most revered presidents, Abraham Lincoln.

The facts of Abraham Lincoln’s life are so well known to all of us that we can imagine some students may feel that if they’ve read one book about Lincoln, they’ve read them all. Here is an opportunity to encourage them to think again. Our Fable Learning library includes a wide range of books that examine Lincoln’s impact on our union through a multitude of lenses: the eyes of his youngest son, Tad; through the experiences of a young drummer boy traveling with the Union army; via the dangerous journey of a young Pony Express rider racing to deliver the historic news of Lincoln’s election; and finally, through the eyes of a contemporary child who believes he knows a man “Just Like Abraham Lincoln.”

Exciting Drawing of Pony Express rider galloping 

In 1860 the only Pony Express job 13-year-old Will Cody could land was the "sweat and water run," taking care of the tired and thirsty ponies. But one chilly November morning, Will seizes an opportunity and risks his own safety—to say nothing of the wrath of his boss, the Terrible Slade—to spread the historic results of the U.S. presidential election.

A little boy, Tad Lincoln, Reading with his father 


President Lincoln's youngest son recounts his own and his family's experience during their four years in the White House. An intimate and personal look at life with “Pa.”


Painted scene of Lincoln on a horse at Gettysburg 

Quite a different recollection, though still in the same voice, as Tad Lincoln recalls the tragic events of the Battle of Gettysburg and the dedication of the cemetery there.



Drummer boy on a Civil War battlefieldAfter hearing Lincoln speak, a 13-year-old is mesmerized by the president's powerful presence. He lies about his age and runs away to join the Union Army as a drummer boy during America's bloodiest war. No matter what happens, a drummer boy in the Civil War must keep playing his drum to relay orders and rally spirits.



A smiling boy wearing a stove pipe hat (like Abraham Lincoln's)Bernard Waber begins his story by introducing a modern-day boy with a next door neighbor who looks “just like Abraham Lincoln.” As the story unfolds, readers will realize that this man not only looks like Lincoln, he has many of the same likes and habits as our famous president.



This reading exercise delivers on two Common Core “Reading Informational” Standards:

RI.5: Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

RI:6: Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Other Presidents’ Day Books to Recommend to Your Students:

Cartoon of President Washington looking bemusedBased on the real life incident of George Washington’s visit to the studio of painter Charles Willson Peale. The president greeted the painter’s two sons, only to realize that he had been fooled by a lifelike painting. Fresh and funny, the book shows Washington in a new light: as a man who could enjoy a joke, even one on himself. —Publisher’s Weekly



Happy boy wearing 3-cornered hat, fireworks in the skyNed is just a boy helping his mother run their boardinghouse the summer of 1776 when a tall, thin man named Mr. Jefferson comes to stay. He and other important colonists are there for the Congress in Philadelphia, to debate their charges against King George in England.







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