Saturday, June 27, 2009

Book Review: Abraham Lincoln for Kids – His Life and Times

Abraham Lincoln for Kids: His Life and Times with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

By Janis Herbert

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (July 1, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1556526563
Rating (1 to 5 stars): *****

Book Review:

Everyone knows that Abraham Lincoln was the President of the United States, but how much do we know about his life before that? Abraham Lincoln for Kids follows him from his early days with his settler family, through his first jobs, challenges to educate himself, and finally through his struggles with the Civil War.

Children always learn better when the learning process is fun. Janis Herbert, author of Abraham Lincoln for Kids – His Life and Times, obviously knows that, and as a result she created a book that is not only highly informative for readers of all ages, but it is written in an engaging manner kids can relate to. As an added bonus, the crafts and activities give children some fun, hands-on learning to go with what they read, promoting good old-fashioned play.

Some of the activities in Abraham Lincoln for Kids – His Life and Times include making a stovepipe hat or miniature log cabin and learning how to deliver a speech or participate in a debate. Throughout the book, headlines from Lincoln’s time clue the reader in to other important events happening during Lincoln’s life.

Abraham Lincoln for Kids – His Life and Times is an excellent learning tool for kids, but parents who read it with them are likely to find that they learn something as well. In helping their child with the activities and reading the stories, they will find many lessons and subjects of educational discussion—not only about an important historical figure, but about living a successful life.


  1. This looks like a good book. I might have to check it out for the boy.

  2. This is an interesting concept. I could see this being done for many different celebrities and historical figures.

  3. My little girl is into history so this may be a good read for her. Thanks for the review.

  4. What a great twist for teaching kids about Abe Lincoln! I'll have to check this book out. Thanks for the review, Jenn!