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ABE LINCOLN'S HAT (Step Into Reading)

Author: Martha Brenner

Illustrator: Donald Cook

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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, ©2009

Material: paperback

Summary: Abraham Lincoln loved his tall black hat. Do you know why? He kept very important papers in it. This story talks about why he did that along with the story of how he became President. This is an easy-reader story that offers some historical trivia for kids learning to read.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Age of Child: Read by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter is interested in Abraham Lincoln, and she enjoyed reading about his life. She liked how he hid papers in his hat to stay organized. She laughed when he lost some of his papers and really seemed to enjoy the story. We read it several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: Yes I liked the story. I had heard he put things in his hat but had not heard the story behind it all.

Pros: This is an easy reader with fun historical book about a president. There are interesting facts you will enjoy reading about.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story is fun and kids will enjoy it, but once you know the answer and progress in your reading, it will lose its appeal.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MR. LINCOLN'S WHISKERS   PRESIDENT'S DAY   DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS

Educational Themes: The story offers trivia about President Abraham Lincoln, but also speaks to what life was like in the 1800s, as well as examples of how (and why) to be organized.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - biography, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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