Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, May 28, 2012

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address

After the Battle of Gettysburg, the nation honored those who had fallen in battle, including President Lincoln in a speech that is still remembered today.

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address by Jean Fritz, illustrated by Charles Robinson, is my Memorial Day pick.

This leveled reader for fluent readers gives a great overview of the Civil War and the place the Battle of Gettysburg held.  No punches are pulled regarding the loss of life and while there isn't anything too graphic, hardships of war are depicted, so this may not be right for the sensitive readers out there.  Still, this is an engaging personalized account of the tribute Lincoln made to the Union soldiers.  Anecdotes about his connection to the citizens of the United States as well as his close relationship with his son add a human dimension to the story of a man struggling to properly memorialize the heroes of a nation.  Kids will also love the humorous asides, such as Lincoln being given a horse that was too short for his long legs.  All in all, this is a fitting introduction to an important event in American history that kids will want to read.

Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln: The Story of the Gettysburg Address is published by Penguin Young Readers and retails for $3.99 (paperback).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.   You can get yours at Left Bank today!

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