A young child catches a glimpse of a tall man in a black suit and stovepipe hat and , thinking he looks familiar, wants to know more about him. As she researches in a library, she learns that he was born in a log cabin in Kentucky in 1809, and grew up to become the most beloved President in our country's history, President Abraham Lincoln.
She draws pictures and extends the facts with her own imaginative wonderings. "Did he call his wife 'Little Plumpy?" "Did he give his son a whistle for his birthday?"
From the Kentucky cabin to Washington D.C., Lincoln was followed by those who admired his honesty and respected his integrity. He faced one of the worst times in United States history when the country was in danger of splitting apart over slavery. His determination and the lives of countless men during the Civil War were the glue that held it together.
And now, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the child invites all Americans to "look into his 'beautiful eyes' and read the words he wrote near the end of the Civil War: "'...With malice toward none, with charity for all.'"
Looking at Lincoln is the an excellent introduction to the importance of Abraham Lincoln who inspires pride in country and background on its history. It will be the catalyst for research for further knowledge and understanding necessary to maintaining a strong national foundation and identity. The 11-page Kids Wings unit and 50-slide Jeopardy-type game will enable every teacher to provide thoughtful extension, and social and academic growth for students in every classroom.
with Maira Kalman
Quotes to memorize:
"It is the duty of all nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Abraham Lincoln
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." Abraham Lincoln
"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg." Abraham Lincoln
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln
special thanks to Laura's
Midi Heaven for allowing us to use the Union Army's "Battle
Cry of Freedom" as our background music!
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Suzy Red, Lockhart, Texas