Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith

Abe Lincoln’s Dream
Lane Smith
Roaring Brook Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-608-4
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGE: Elementary School
3.5 Stars

There is a room in the White House where a few presidential pets would not enter. It was the room where the Gettysburg Address was displayed. One young girl who is going on a tour of the White House wonders who the man with the stovepipe hat is. He walks through walls and looks pretty upset. He tells the girl of a dream that he has…one that has him worried. One that keeps him wandering around the White House. Happily the young girl assures him of the progress that our country has made since the Civil War and of the things that the United States are still working toward. The progress and the goals reassures Abe Lincoln that all may not be perfect, but it is headed toward unity and happiness. With that the ghost drifts away, content with his new dream of the nation.

This is another good Lane Smith book in the vein of Grandpa Green. The illustrations are amazing. The details in the characters and the white house are just fantastic. There is so much to look at and to think about, that this is not a book to read and forget about. But it is a bit serious. It leaves you with a “feel good” notion of going out and helping to work on this united dream.

What this teaches kids:
The overall good of a group is important to individuals.
The past is an important part of our future.
One person can help make someone else happy and help them to see a situation in a new light.

What to do after reading this book:
Take the time to learn a little more about a historical event that seems interesting.
Learn about a new past President of the United States.
Figure out what you can do to help your community be a better place…then do it!
Write a list of things that you are thankful for about where you live!

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