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Abe Lincoln
His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z
by Alan Schroeder
John O'Brian, Illustrator

Paperback | 32 pages | 10 x 10 | US$ 7.99
ISBN: 9780823435753 | 01-31-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: THIRD | Age: 6 to 10

Themes: Biography, Patriotism, 19th Century
Recommendations: K*, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.4.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RF.4.3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c
SL.4.1, 1a-d, 2-6
W.4.2, 2a-e, 7-9, 9b

About the Book

Filled with witty cartoons by John O'Brien, this colorful book by award-winning author Alan Schroeder offers an unusual and insightful perspective on Old Abe.

In giving freedom to the slave,
we assure freedom to the free.
—Abraham Lincoln

Abe Lincoln is known for his many memorable adages. As the sixteenth president he needed all the wisdom he could muster to guide the country through the Civil War, preserve the union, and end slavery. This nontraditional tribute to the president who brought the homespun humor of his humble beginnings to the White House uses the alphabet to organize a wealth of information about his life and accomplishments.

A companion to Ben Franklin: His Wit and Wisdom from A-Z.


A Q&A with author Alan Schroeder
A Q&A with illustrator John O'Brien


★ "O'Brien's signature style lends the tableaux enormous flair, humor and zing. Comical tiny details are mischievous and clever. . . . The book quotes Lincoln as saying, 'Whatever you are, be a good one.' This team goes beyond good; they excel at making history real, enjoyable and memorable."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A droll companion to a similarly alphabetic title about Benjamin Franklin . . . With quotations from Lincoln incorporated throughout, it's an amusing and educational portrait of Honest Abe."—Publishers Weekly

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Describe the structure of the book. How does the presentation and structure of ABE LINCOLN: HIS WIT AND WISDOM FROM A-Z enhance the meaning and tone of the information? RI.4-5.5 2. Give examples of Abe Lincoln's "wit" and "wisdom," referring to adages, quotes and proverbs from the book. RI.4-5.1, 4 / L.4-5.5, 5b 3. Create a time line of events from the book. RI.4-5.1, 3 4. Interpret information presented visually in illustrations, diagrams and animations, and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears. RI.4-5.7