“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Kalman, Maira. Looking at Lincoln. New York: Nancy Paulsen, 2012.
Genre: informational text (my choice)
Reading Level: AD480L
Summary: The story begins with a little girl who sees a man in the park who reminds her of Abraham Lincoln. This hooks her curiosity about who Lincoln actually was. She learns about his childhood, including the cabin he grew up in and his love of reading. She also learns about his wife, four sons, and his dog. She also learns about his tall hat and his love of music. Most importantly the little girl learns about Lincoln’s love of people and his work to end slavery. The book shares more about the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination. It is done very tastefully and ends with a beautiful image of the Lincoln Memorial, and the little girl is happy to have learned so much about him.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Students can write in their journal about a fact they learned about Abraham Lincoln that surprised them, and try to identify with him. For example, “I was surprised Abraham Lincoln owned a dog, and I own a dog, too!”
Common Core Connection: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3 Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.