Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lincoln Tells a Joke - Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer

How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country)
Illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Harcourt Children's Books, 2010
32 pages
Endpapers: wide red and blue spatter stripes with small white stars sprinkled on

I love Kathleen Krull's voice. She writes biographies for kids with really neat information and interesting point-of-view. She is joined by her husband for this biography.

I've never heard of Abraham Lincoln's love of jokes and laughter. This engaging story details his love of words as it tells of his many successes and even more failures. The way Krull depicts the man makes him seem real. Flesh and blood, complete with bad hair days.

Included are many quotes and many insights into Lincoln's personality and life.

"You may fool all the the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time. But you can't fool all of the people all of the time." I didn't know that came from Lincoln! How about, "Better to remain silent and be though a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." ! ! !

This is a wonderful short telling of Abraham Lincoln's life. The laughter and joking references are terrific, but so are the facts about our 16th president that make the man who he was. Interesting. Well written. Great information.

(The illustrations are okay, but it's the words that carry this book.)

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