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President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House
Written and illustrated by Demi
Subject(s): Age(s) / Grade level / Lexile:

Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography

Ages 6 and up

Format: Size / page count:


10" × 8.75" / 32 pages

ISBN: Date available:


Available February 2016




From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of “Honest Abe” is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln’s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with stunning illustrations, this book contains an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from Lincoln’s life, as well as a timeline and map. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is not only a powerful teaching tool, but an entertaining and age-appropriate introduction to a man who has become one of the most influential and admired presidents of the United States.

Demi is the award-winning author of over 130 bestselling children’s books. Her titles have sold over half a million copies. The Empty Pot was selected by former First Lady Barbara Bush as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, sponsored by the Children’s Literacy Initiative. Demi’s book Gandhi was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. In addition, she represented the United States at the First International Children’s Book Conference in Beijing, China. She lives with her husband in Yarrow Point, WA.

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“Just in time for February, the month of Presidents’ birthdays, President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is released by Wisdom Tales for the pleasure and education of children age 6 and up. Each page of this colorful, informative juvenile biography contains a paragraph of narrative, colored illustrations of figures representing Lincoln and his friends and family and the world he lived in, and a sidebar of a related quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln or [some] other contemporary… Many fascinating events and highlights of President Lincoln's life are incorporated, as well as some lesser-known deeds and accomplishments… This excellent biography of Abraham Lincoln is completed with a map of the United States in 1861 showing Union states, Union territories, and Confederate states, the text of the Gettysburg Address, a biographical timeline of the life of President Lincoln, and fascinating facts and famous quotes from Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is an accurate, interesting, authentic recounting of the biography of perhaps the most famous president of the United States for young readers age 6 and up.”
Midwest Book Review

. . .  An honest and age-appropriate story about one of the nation’s most beloved figures. Many of the lesser-known aspects of Lincoln’s life, including the tragedy of his mother’s death, his love of animals, and his obsession with books, are chronicled here. . .  This book is comprehensive but accessible for young readers, and Demi manages to make the well-covered topic of one of our most beloved forefathers seem fresh and new.”
Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association

“This is a bright and wonderful book, historically accurate and telling the main stories of his life. It shows the boy Lincoln’s love of reading and of animals, and of how the adult Lincoln came to believe what he did, ending slavery and saving our country. The book includes a helpful map and a chronology, plus fun facts about our favorite president. Hats off to Demi!”
James M. Cornelius, Ph.D., Curator of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois

“With a jewel cutter's precision of image and a like economy of language, Demi tells the story of the 16th U.S. president. She succeeds particularly well at conveying the iconic stories associated with Lincoln: birth in the one-room log cabin; the early death of his mother and the arrival of a gifted and loving stepmother; the fierce self-education; the debates against his Senate opponent, Stephen Douglas, which Lincoln lost but which brought him wide attention. Almost every page or double-page spread holds a quote from Lincoln set on a small scroll, reflecting the primary narrative. The Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and his assassination continue the story. Demi includes child-friendly details such as Lincoln's love of animals and his creation of the Thanksgiving holiday while also conveying the larger sweep of history in his Gettysburg Address and the participation of thousands of African-Americans as soldiers for the Union cause. The figures look almost like porcelain miniatures, each tiny and detailed, using bits of collage and a color scheme with a great deal of red, white, and blue. While there are no footnotes, the backmatter includes a map of the United States in 1861, the full text of the Gettysburg Address, a timeline of Lincoln's life, and further quotes. A picture-book portrait that's beautiful as well as admiring.”
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a page from the book “President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House”, written and illustrated by Demi

A sample of a page from the book President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House,
written and illustrated by Demi

a page from the book “President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House”, written and illustrated by Demi

Another page from the book, with this one moving from Lincoln’s early life
and turning to his adult years. Note the quote from Lincoln on the page.

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