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The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems About Our 16th President

Charlesbridge. Nov. 2019. 48p. bibliog. chron. further reading. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781580899376.
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K-Gr 4–These 19 poems demythologize Abraham Lincoln. Amusing tidbits of information, like why Abe wore such a tall hat, are combined with historical footnotes. Illustrations are fun and educational. Illustrations rendered in a soft, natural palette convey a sense of Lincoln’s humanity by including examples of behavior people do when they think no one is watching. An excellent use of language and recognizable rhyme schemes make this title a wonderful teaching tool for the classroom. These well-researched poems hold readers’ attention and could encourage them to explore additional questions.
VERDICT A good example of how poetry can also inform. Highly recommended for elementary schools and public libraries.

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