Yet again I am participating in Poppins Book Nook with many amazing Kid Bloggers. The topic for February was Presidents. Disclosure: I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog!
Lincoln – A Tragic Figure in US HistoryI find it interesting that George Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday fall so close together. For me these two Presidents certainly stand out as two people who changed the course of American history. In many ways they are the same, but in so many ways they are different. Washington was wealthy and so loved that people wanted to make him a king. Lincoln rose from an incredibly poor background through intelligence, determination, and hard work. Washington was victorious in the war with a foreign country. Lincoln won the war that tore his country apart and killed more Americans than WWI and WWII combined. And when people of the United States today criticize other countries that are trying to keep their unity and borders by force, perhaps they should look in the mirror of history and ask themselves whether they can really judge others.
Lincoln Books for KidsMy 7 year old is a little young to fully understand how torn Lincoln must have been over the decisions he had to make, but she has a pretty good grasp of his importance in American history. One of her favorite parts in The Story of the World, volume 3 is the Civil War and Lincoln’s assassination. Her second grade class had a pretty deep unit study for Lincoln in February, and I’ve seen many books on Lincoln in her classroom. At home we read three books that I am going to share here.
Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman is probably best suited for younger children, and it is also the shortest of the three. The story starts with a girl encountering a man impersonating Lincoln, which prompts her to learn more about a real man. I think Maira Kalman managed to retell Lincoln biography focusing on details that would fascinate a child rather than on details that fascinate us, adults. We read this book before, but only this year my seven year old really “got it”, probably because she already knew so much about Lincoln from other books.
Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln is a long picture book in several chapters. It focuses on Lincoln’s childhood, which was so different from childhood that this generation of children experiences now. School was a desired luxury, not an unpleasant duty, pigs were not magically saved from slaughter by clever spiders, and the children could expect to lose their parents and siblings to disease or accident any time. It’s also an inspiring story of resilience and strength that I’d recommend for children 7+.
Abe Lincoln at Last! is one of Smarty’s favorite books in Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series, and Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln works perfectly with that book. As other fact trackers, it goes deeper into history topics touched upon in Magic Tree House books and covers main points of Lincoln’s biography. Best suited for 8+ and assumes familiarity with Abe Lincoln At Last! book.
Additional Activities for Lincoln Theme
As I mentioned, Smarty did a lot of study on Lincoln in the classroom (it also included a standard Lincoln Hat art project), so we did not do any additional writing or art projects at home. Instead we just had several conversations about Lincoln and Presidents in general:
- Compare Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. How are they the same and how are they different?
- Compare Lincoln and John F. Kennedy (we did a mini-unit on JFK in January)
- Was Lincoln right when he started the war to keep the Union? Smarty thought so and explained her point of view rather well.
- Would you want to be a President? Why not? Smarty thinks it’s too much responsibility and it takes too long to become a President. She’d rather have her own business.
- Who in our family would make the best President? Smarty thinks Papa would. I think so too!
More About Presidents
- History Mini-Units for Busy Families (we did our first one on John F Kennedy)
- Presidents Day Activities from The Educators’ Spin on It
- Presidents Day Free Emergent Reader from The Measured Mom
- Presidents Day Crafts and Books from Crafty Moms Share
- FREE Presidents Day Mini Unit from First Grade Fanatics
- Consider following my History Pinterest Board:
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