This ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and "Booklist" Editors' Choice is an ingenious historical fiction picture book about the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It's a tale of two boys who get themselves into more trouble than bear cubs in a candy store.
The year is 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin, is ten. Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don't know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won't tell you what happens, but let's just say that our country wouldn't be the same if Austin hadn't been there to help his friend.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including "Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, " winner of the International Reading Association Award, "Girl Wonder, " winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and "Apples to Oregon, " a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for "Under the Quilt for the Night." She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at www.deborahhopkinson.com.
John Hendrix, a native Texan, lived in the West Texas of which he wrote for most of his life. His articles appeared in West Texas Today, The Hereford Journal, and other publications, in addition to The Cattleman. Hendrix died in Sweetwater in 1952 at the age of sixty-four.
Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2008:
"What you can know for sure is that this is a book you should add to your shelves."
Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2008:
"[J]ust how do you handle a legend? Deborah Hopkinson has found a way, and it's a winner."
Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2008:
"This unusual and often amusing picture book offers much more than an illustrated reminiscence."