Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words

By: Donna Janell Bowman

Illustrator: S.D. Schindler

When Abraham Lincoln became frustrated with the actions of James Shield, a political rival, he came up with a plan. It was silly. It was clever. And it was a great big mistake!

ISBN: 9781561458523

JLG Release: Jun 2018


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In this lengthy narrative, Bowman recounts the tale of Abraham Lincoln’s almost-duel in 1842, when he served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. In an effort to prove that everyone makes mistakes and to exemplify the power of an apology, the author details a provocative letter that Lincoln submitted to a newspaper anonymousl In this lengthy narrative, Bowman recounts the tale of Abraham Lincoln’s almost-duel in 1842, when he served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. In an effort to prove that everyone makes mistakes and to exemplify the power of an apology, the author details a provocative letter that Lincoln submitted to a newspaper anonymously. One thing led to another and Lincoln was challenged to a duel. Bowman adds levity and appeal through the use of a Midwestern dialect, second-person point of view, and figurative language that readily evokes time and place. Schindler’s illustrations, done in watercolor and ink, are a perfect accompaniment to this moralistic story. Back matter includes additional information about mudslinging, the Aunt Rebecca Letters (as the anonymous letters were known), James Shields, the Illinois Banking Crisis, the author’s rationale for the book, and suggestions for further reading. VERDICT An additional purchase for history buffs and Lincoln aficionados.—Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, MA

Book Details

ISBN

9781561458523

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

973.7092 B

Trim Size

Page Count

36

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level 800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Peachtree

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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