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Abe Lincoln's Dream

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Girl's journey with Lincoln's ghost applauds U.S. progress.

Book Lane Smith Fantasy 2012
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Author and illustrator Lane Smith has a well-earned reputation for wonderfully risky books. ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM doesn’t have the edgy humor found in some of Smith's other works, but it has a different kind of daring: It's so dreamy, it might float over the heads of young readers, much like Lincoln sails over America in its pages. But this invites adults reading with children to help provide context, providing opportunities to reflect the book's themes and explore details. Smith captures both Lincoln's famed melancholy and his wit. Lincoln's questions to Quincy bore into some of the central themes of American history, providing a springboard to learn more.

Smith and his wife, designer Molly Leach, have created another beautiful book. The muted palette, antique textures, and typography evoke 19th century publications and U.S. currency. The publisher's website offers an activity guide for children to share dreams and reflect on characteristics of a good president.

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