Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith

AbeLincoln'sDreamAbe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith.  Ages 2+ (Publisher rec 5+).  Roaring Brook Press.  Oct. 2012.  32 pages.  ISBN:  978-1596436084.  $16.99  Fiction.

Quick Summary:  A little girl runs into the ghost of Abraham Lincoln while she is on a tour of the White House.  President Lincoln asks the girl questions about how things have changed since 1865.  She goes with him to show him how things have changed.

Our Experience Reading this Book:  We highly, highly recommend this book.  I am so impressed with the illustrations.  This book makes me wish I knew more about art so I could describe this book better.  It gave me chills thinking about what we would say to someone, anyone really, if they asked us how things have changed since 1865.  It was interesting contemplating If we’ve met and how we’ve met some of the ideals that were at least presented as important to America in 1865.

My son enjoyed this book and had me read it to him again and again.  He loves how the dogs are afraid to go into THAT room — Abe Lincoln’s room.  He thought that was fascinating.  Though how much he understands, despite me trying to explain it to him, is unknown to me.

We are starting to teach my son about jokes and there are several jokes in this book that we’ve been repeating to each other.  The idea of the ghost of Abraham Lincoln cracking jokes with a little girl is heartwarming.

This book won’t do much to teach children about Abe Lincoln, but it is a beautiful and whimsical introduction that strikes me as being more for the adult reading the book than the child.  If the images from this book are the first images that my son has of Abraham Lincoln, I will be thrilled.  I got pretty choked up reading this book and I have definitely found myself thinking about this book during various random times.  This book is hauntingly beautiful.

There’s nothing for me to change or edit when reading this book to my son.  We’ve read it many times and we’ve enjoyed it the first time as much as the last.

Where Obtained:  Library.

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  1. The concept underlying the book is certainly intriguing. There has been a lot of buzz about this particular book, hasn’t there? You certainly have me curious about it! I’ll have to see if our library has this one. Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop – you just squeaked in there! Glad you did and I hope you’ll join us again. 😀


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    This seems like a really good pick! I haven’t read it, but now I want to. I have always found myself doing the same thing, wondering what it would be like to run into someone from the past, and how they would think of today’s world. The story and illustrations sound good. I will definitely have to check it out! 🙂


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