Dec 10, 2012

Abe Lincoln's Dream
History and picture books don't always go hand in hand but thanks to Lane Smith, a Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator, a new picture book titled Abe Lincoln's Dream provides a taste of American history, wonderful illustrations and even some laughs. Inspired by Abraham Lincoln's dream life, Abe Lincoln's Dream shows what happens after a little girl on a tour of the White House meets the troubled and restless ghost of the 16th president in the Lincoln bedroom. Abe has plenty of questions about how America turned out, and the girl sets out to answer these for him as best she can.

Smith studied 19th century lithographs and political cartoons when writing this book and his illustrations are both reminiscent of lithographs and modern in style. Various American monuments are visited throughout the story while the girl discusses the progress made in the United States since his passing. This book is a not only a great way to have some fun while learning about the country's history, but also presents a wonderful opportunity to discuss the future of this country with young people.


To borrow a line from Abe when he sees the American flag on the moon, "Three cheers and ballyhoo!", for Abe Lincoln's Dream!

Abe Lincoln's Dream by Lane Smith. Published by Roaring Brook Press; 2012.