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[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Boy Who Loved Books Eventually Became 16th US President


Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2017 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.

This is the first of a two-part series featuring American Presidents who happened to love books. Perfect for our #metareading theme.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books

Written by: Kay Winters Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Published by: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003
ISBN-10: 1416912681 (ISBN13: 9781416912682)
Borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.

Given the state of the world today, it’s comforting to go back to a period in history when life made a bit of sense, with world leaders who were introspective, thoughtful, and clearly loved books.

For someone not born in the US, it was lovely knowing more about Abraham Lincoln – his humble beginnings, the fact that he towered over practically all of his classmates while he was growing up, and his unapologetic love for books, notwithstanding its apparent unpopularity among people who failed to understand his literary predilections.

I think the image above is one of my favourites – as it shows how young Abe found ways to read even while doing his chores: a true bibliophile is indeed a multi-tasker – Read Everywhere being a lifelong mantra.

The Author’s Note at the end of the book provides a bit of information about Lincoln’s background, his mother’s death, and the impact of his bookish and kind stepmother on his development as a reader. There was also information given about his marriage and own family which was left out of the picturebook. Selected bibliographical references are provided, including a mention of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and how he was shot in 1865. This is an effectively condensed version of the life story of a young boy who loved books and who eventually became the 16th President of the United States. Reading this PBB now make me want to watch this multi-award-winning Steven Spielberg film. Enjoy the trailer!

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

1 comment on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] The Boy Who Loved Books Eventually Became 16th US President

  1. I loved this book! Great review! 🙂


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