Library Intern Book Reviews

ISBN

9781561458523

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

Peachtree Publishers

City

Atlanta, GA

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

Based on events prior to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, this book recounts one of the most comical, yet embarrassing incidents of his political career. Abraham Lincoln published a silly letter that mocked the legislation of his political opponent, James Shields. Things got out of hand and Lincoln was forced to accept Shield’s challenge to a duel, an event which Lincoln exhaustively tried to prevent. Keeping the story close to the historical narrative, the author tactfully blends her own narration and Lincoln’s own words about the event. The illustrations are fun additions to the main narration, as they demonstrate some of the more technical and humorous aspects of the story. Adults and students would be able to appreciate this book, as a history lesson, or as a general reading experience.

Highly Recommended

Kristen Farley, Centennial Library Intern

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