Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator

By Augusta Stevenson; Aladdin Paperbacks, 1932; pp. 192

Plot: Slow down, we all know that Abraham Lincoln became President Lincoln, but what about those early years? This book homes in on those early years, when tragedy and adversity shaped young Abe and hinted at the greatness that was to become. This book puts a human face on history, illustrates Lincoln’s humor and perseverance, and makes this legendary figure very down-to-earth for younger readers.

Genre: Biography

Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12

Review: This book was written in 1932!? That’s a shocker. This book is part of a series, The Childhood of Famous Americans, that chronicles the early lives of influential Americans in a way that is accessible to young readers. Mission accomplished. It is a timeless read, and more importantly, shows what was great about Abraham Lincoln, rather than tells. A key nuance that makes this fictionalized biography a very satisfying read.

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