Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

14 min. Dist. by Weston Woods. 2016. $59.95. ISBN 9780545932660. POP
Gr 2–4—The voice of a female narrator, a melodious sound track of music, exquisite drawings, and the familiar words of Lincoln convey the story of the 16th U.S. president's life in this film adaptation of the book by Doreen Rappaport and featuring the stunning illustrations by Kadir Nelson. Major topics mentioned include Lincoln's birth in Kentucky, his time as a legislator in the Illinois statehouse, his campaign for the U.S. Senate, his marriage and family, his election to the presidency, his fight against slavery, the Civil War, and his assassination. One overriding theme throughout his life, and emphasized here, was his love for reading and learning. This is sure to appeal to young viewers. Historical photographs are dispersed throughout and do not detract from the colorful drawings. Bonus material presents important dates in Lincoln's life illustrated with historical photos, maps, and drawings. For teachers, learning objectives and activities are also featured.
VERDICT Classes studying history and government can easily use this presentation. It is a welcome addition to the shelf of Lincolniana.

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