Summary: This book highlights the life of Abe Lincoln.
ABE LINCOLN: The boy who loved books is a 1049-words book with presidential hook. In honor of President’s Day, I chose to analyze this book. I will focus on ELEMENT #10 ~ BEGINNING AND ENDING.
The book began:
In the wilds of Kentucky, 1809
a boy was born.
His mother called him Abraham,
his last name Lincoln.
His bed was made from corn husks,
his covers, skins from bears.
His cabin built with logs
from towering trees.
This is the first page. I typed it as written. I like the introduction. The birth to show us that this book covers a span of years.
The rest of the books delves into his parents, his schooling, and his determination to learn how to read. It tapped into his emotional side – the book he borrowed from a neighbor and how upset he was when the rain destroyed it, his studying to be a lawyer and helping a friend, and his motivation for president.
The book ends with these words on the last page:
Abraham Lincoln –
born in a log cabin,
child of the frontier,
head in a book –
elected our sixteenth president!
From the wilderness
to the White House.
He learned the power of words
and used them well.
I loved this book. As you all know by know, I am branching out into writing nonfiction picture books. So analyzing these books give me insight into pulling these books together.
The simplicity of the sentences spark any reluctant reader to pick up a book.
My favorite part of the book, is the attack of the forest animals. The descriptive prose reminded me of a poetic feel.
Dark was a fearsome time.”
I loved this book. I recommend it to everyone. And it is in perfect time for President’s Day!