Thursday, October 13, 2011

If You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln by Ann McGovern

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Sometime during our preparations for a family  trip to Washinton D.C., my then 4 year old daughter, fell in love with all things Abraham Lincoln (or as she called him, Lincoln Abe!). During our trip we picked up this book and she is now enjoying reading it herself after listening to me countless times!

This is a great book that tells a biography of Abe Lincoln's life by answering questions of what life was like in the different places and times that he lived in. It answers questions like "What kind of house would you  live in?" and "Where did you get your food?", as well as addressing questions specific to the towns and cities he lived in. Each question is a different section of the book which makes it easy to read small portions at a time.

Positives: The questions are answered simply but will also expand your child's vocabulary as they learn older words like "arimethic", "tanner" and "blacksmith", and "stagecoach." The illustrations are an excellent compliment to the book. It is a fun tool for teaching history that kids will enjoy.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: While there are not a lot of gospel implications in this book you can discuss a few things with your child. Talk about the great changes that have taken place in our world over the course of history - from Genesis to Abe Lincoln's life to ours. Who is and always has been in control? Has God ever been surprised by anything in history? Who has blessed us with the things in this world that we currently enjoy (modern conveniences)? Do we use these to glorify God? Revelation 1:8 and 22:13 speak of Christ as the Alpha and Omega - the beginning and the end. Psalm 90 tells us that God has always been and always will be.

Age Level: 4-10 years old

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