Un-Forgettable Friday: Finding Lincoln by Ann Malaspina
August 13, 2010 in Books With Social Studies Content, Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Research Ideas, Un-Forgettable Friday
Guest post by Irene Roth!
By: Ann Malaspina
Illustrated by: Colin Bootman
(Paintings by Coretta Scott King Honor artist)
Albert Whitman and Company, 2009.
This book is based on a true story. It is about an African-American boy who wants to get a book out of the main library in Alabama about young Abraham Lincoln.
The setting for this book is the 1950s Alabama where only white people were allowed into the main library. But Louis wasn’t going to put up with that reality. He mustered up as much courage as he could and walked straight into the main library, with people staring. Ultimately, one of the librarians had to escort him out to keep the peace within the library. But before she did, the librarian quietly took him aside and asked him to come back to the library the next day after 5 p.m. Louis did, and she made sure that he got the book he wanted and she even gave him a temporary library card.
At the end of the story, there is an informative note for the reader about how blacks were segregated until the 1960s in Alabama. There is also an informative sidebar that is full of facts about Abraham Lincoln and a reference list for further reading. It is truly a wonderful book that most kids will enjoy reading. The paintings are very vivid and realistic for the time portrayed by the author.
Rating: 5 Stars
Discussion Questions For Educators and Teachers
- 1. Write a short account about Louis’s courage. Would you be that
courageous in similar circumstances? Why?
- 2. Write a short account about the life of Abraham Lincoln and
his incredible perspicacity in abolishing slavery.
- 3. Read one or two books on the reading list and talk about what
you learned about Abraham Lincoln.
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth