Abe’s Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln is the second picture book by Doreen Rappaport that I have reviewed on this blog, the first being Martin’s Big Words. As good as that one was, I think the Lincoln biography is even better. This one, unlike the last one, is illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The pictures are beautifully realistic – large and filled with detail. Rappaport’s words are mixed with quotations from Lincoln. They’re easily distinguished from one another yet flow perfectly together.
This is a great biography. While reading it, I felt as if I were listening to a documentary and hearing the narrator speak, offering background, before Lincoln’s own voice came in. The book goes through a quick rundown of Lincoln’s life. Although it doesn’t go into many real details, overall it is extremely well done and should definitely be one of the frontrunners in the new batch of books on Lincoln to come out over the past year. The end of the book offers a timeline of important dates, as well as a suggested bibliography.
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