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Episode 11 — A Tribute to Abraham Lincoln


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 13:31
Original Air Date Published February 04, 2009

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  • Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale written by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by John Hendrix (Scwartz & Wade Books, 2008)

    This fun “tall tale” recounts a portion of Abraham Lincoln’s life that few people know, that of his adventures with his childhood friend Austin Gollaher. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Austin’s quick thinking with a fishing pole (or was it a sycamore branch?) to pull young Abe out of danger, Lincoln might not have been our 16th president. Hopkinson’s delightful look at Lincoln’s childhood challenges us to remember the roles of children and young people in history. Above all, our actions matter even if “we don’t end up history books.” Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek was listed on Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth 2008.
    Best for ages 4–8

    Deborah Hopkinson's website

  • Lincoln Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Life by Martin W. Sandler (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2008)

    When you think of Abe Lincoln, the words log cabin, Civil War, and 16th president may come to mind, but how about media savvy? Abe Lincoln’s rise to presidency coincided with the introduction of a new technology—photography. Abe Lincoln became the most photographed man of his time and he learned how to use this new technology to his advantage. Martin Sandler takes a look at how photography impacted Lincoln’s life and presidency.
    Best for ages 9 and up

Cookies and Milk

During this cookies and milk segment, Emily shares a project she worked on with her 5th graders using a collection of Lincoln books (including the three mentioned in this podcast) and ReadWriteThink’s Acrostic Poems tool.

Expert Chat

In a Chatting About Books first, Emily chats with all three authors (Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, and Martin Sandler) about their work on Lincoln, how they envision kids using their books, and the most fascinating aspects discovered while researching Lincoln.