Thursday, December 17, 2015

135:120 Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Abraham Lincoln by Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce

First, I love that Magic Tree House comes out with these accompanying factual books about subjects in their fictional stories.  They are written to appeal to children which is always wonderful.  This book was no exception.  The focus of the book was much more on Lincoln before he became president, his early life and his journey to the White House than on the Civil War.  Even the Civil War part was more about its toll on him and what he was hoping to accomplish although they did mention a few battles and death tolls.  They didn't shy away from the horror and how many were killed but they approached it gently enough to not scare a young child and didn't dwell on it but did show how it affected the president.  In all, it was a more personal look at Lincoln's life than you usually see in history curriculum type things and was much enjoyed.

Page count: 117p/34,326p ytd/249,242p lifetime

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