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My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A Tale Of Two Boys From Indiana

We are lover of books in this house. We devour them. My 4 year old and 5 year old read so well that sometimes I just have to stop and look long at them in their worlds. 

We have acquired a new book. 

"My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A tale of two boys from Indian" is a good book which is both fiction and not fiction. I like that it makes the kids ask questions while reading. They are also learning about one of the President, new words and getting their minds fed. 

It's good to see another child talk about his best friend and all the things he likes about him and  all the adventures they have together. 

They even discussed the topic of slavery which opened more questions from the little ones. Other topics were about his presidency and his role in ending slavery in this country. 

It's a wonderful book and I love that my children have this in their arsenal of books.

My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln, looks at the early life of Abraham Lincoln (11-14 years old, 1820-1823) through the eyes of a fictional best friend, as he grows up in southwestern Indiana and changes from a young country boy with pants always too short to the sixteenth President of the United States!

 The two boys share a love for the outdoors and adventure.  They attend a “blab school,” where a dozen children aged six to twelve repeat their lessons aloud until they have memorized them by heart—a practice that makes for a noisy classroom. 
Sam is fond of Abe, who is tall and skinny and grows so fast that his pants always seem to be too short. He admires his friend’s amazing memory for new words and thoughts, saying he was “…just about as smart as our teacher.”
 Bloch said “The story shows how if one puts their mind to working hard and treating people fairly and honestly, you can become anything you want to become in life—friendships and relationships are a very important factor.”

His inspiration for the book came in part from a family legacy. His great-great-grandfather, Jonas Wollman, a distinguished abolitionist who was one of fifty two Leavenworth, Kansas merchants and business people, who signed a letter asking Mr. Lincoln to come and visit Leavenworth, Kansas.  Leavenworth became the site of Lincoln’s first campaign speech in December 1859.  

This heart-warming story of two childhood friends and growing up will capture both your interest and imagination. This beautifully done book is colorfully illustrated by former Walt Disney Studios animation artist, John Ewing who is known for working on many Disney films including Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book.

List $13.95

Hardcover $13.95 (32pp)

ISBN 978-1-60131-074-3

Published by Big Tent Books

Official date of publication is June 1, 2011

Available in bookstores online and wherever books are sold. 

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About the Author
Robert L. Bloch has worked at the H&R Block Foundation since 1989. His passions are Art History and American History. Bob graduated from Menlo College in Menlo Park, California, (1974) and the University of Missouri at Kansas City (1979).

He lives in Mission Hills, Kansas, and has four sons and a wonderful wife. 

About the Illustrator

John Ewing attended Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles before joining the team at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. In his eleven years there, he worked on many projects, including Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book. In addition to John's illustration work with Dragonpencil, he is also an art professor and an avid flight enthusiast.

This was not a paid post and these opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or PR agency who supplied the products for the review and/or giveaway. See my disclosure

About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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1 comment :

  1. I heard about this book and was wondering if it was good. I find it interesting to see how famous leaders were like when they were kids.

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