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Abe Lincoln's Dream

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  895 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
From the bestselling author of It's a Book comes a funny, touching tale about the legacy of America's greatest president. When a schoolgirl gets spearated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself. Together they embark on a journey across sthe country to answer Lincoln's questions and qu ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Oct 24, 2012 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
If I said - "Well it's Lane Smith" would people understand what I mean?
Dec 03, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
oh my gosh, does EVERY children's picture book have to make me cry???? I LOVE Lane Smith.
Monica Edinger
Sep 28, 2012 Monica Edinger rated it really liked it
A very dreamlike book in every sense of the word. That is, eccentric, odd, and rambly as true dreams are. Smith takes a dream Lincoln evidently had the night before his assassination and other nights too, the legend that his ghost haunts the White House, and literally takes off with it. And so we've got a little girl touring the White House today taking off on her dream and his too. Gorgeous art and design that is undoubtably the work of Lane Smith and Molly Leach.
A young visitor to the White House (a.k.a Executive Mansion, as Lincoln called it) finally puts Lincoln's ghost to rest in this imaginative picture book, answering his questions about the state of the nation.

Love the design, varied fonts, tidbits of history, thick paper, muted palette with marvelous color accents (the rose garden, the cherry blossoms.) And the corny jokes.

Best for sharing with elementary age children.
Nov 13, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I have mixed feelings about this book. Here's what this book did for my 3rd graders: It piqued their curiosity and interest in Abraham Lincoln. It made them scurry to the biography section and search for books about Abe. That is a very, very good thing. Here's what this book did for me: It made me feel like I should have given my students some background on Abe before we read the book. Some of the questions that Abe was asking the little girl regarding the current state of people and our country ...more
Christine Turner
From the bestselling author of It's a Book comes a funny, touching tale about the legacy of America's greatest president. When a schoolgirl gets separated from her tour of the White House and finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, she also discovers the ghost of the great man himself.

Together they embark on a journey across the country to answer Lincoln's questions and quiet his concerns about the nation for which he gave his life. This wholly original tale is signature Lane Smith; Abe Lincoln's
I'm a big Lincoln fan. Wasn't sure how I'd like this book.

Loved it.

Leave it to Lane Smith to use humor in a book about Lincoln's ghost. This book is a totally fun way of introducing Abraham Lincoln to kids. So many springboards: his presidency, his humor, how the country turned out after his death, his dreams of death and rumors of his ghost haunting the White House. Kids love that ghost stuff.

Pair this with Maira Kalman's Looking at Lincoln, another favorite of mine.
Jonathan Andrew
Mar 29, 2016 Jonathan Andrew rated it really liked it
This book was about a girl named Quincy. She is wandering through the White House having been separated from her tour group, and she stumbles upon the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. He seems sad because when he died, things were so uncertain and fragile in the country. He tells the girl of a dream he had where he was sailing to a distant shore. The girl and Lincoln fly around the United States and she assures him that while the country still has growing it needs to do, it has come a very long way sin ...more
Joanne Zienty
Jun 19, 2014 Joanne Zienty rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-fiction
A legend exists that Abe Lincoln haunts the White House, a tale that supposedly arose when the pets of the subsequent occupants of the presidential mansion refused to set paw in his bedroom. Lane Smith plays a riff off that legend and takes it to higher ground in this delightful story. A young girl separated from her class on a tour of the White House encounters a ghostly and, of course, melancholy Lincoln wandering the halls. He's very concerned about the state of the nation for which he made t ...more
Cara Byrne
May 31, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully imaginative read that combines history with supernatural storytelling. Smith's illustrations - both whimsical and reminescent of the lines and shapes found on US monetary paper bills. I also love the unique pacing of this picture book. Smith begins with illustrations of fearful-looking dogs throughout history, including Scottish terrier Fala in 1948 and King Cavalier Rex in 1985. Then, he jumps to a group of bearded & stovepipe hatted elementary school students as they tou ...more
Shelley Daugherty
Jan 08, 2013 Shelley Daugherty rated it really liked it
I wondered about this book at first but I found it rather entertaining. Not only does is show some of the White House dogs, but it also give a look at how far we have come as a nation. Very interesting way to portray this to younger readers.
Apr 23, 2013 Jill rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
Disappointed in this one. Doesn't seem to meet who I expected the target audience to be. Mixes many elements rather disjointly - history, Abraham Lincoln, ghosts, current times. Pictures were great but wasn't a fan of the rest.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 29, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
A young African American girl puts the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, haunted by unfinished business, to rest. One of the most unusual and enjoyable Lincoln stories for young people I have ever seen.
Lizbeth Soto
May 17, 2014 Lizbeth Soto rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The illustrations are a bit awkward but fun at the same time. It was funny and full of pictures that captivate so much. It talks about Lincoln's dream before he was assassinated. His ghost roams around the White House for years president after president until a school girl takes him on a journey across the country to answer his questions and concerns. The books states important dates and facts. Based on the illustrations and the uniqueness of this book, it wou ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
My daughter and I enjoyed this book, as we are lovers of Washington DC and she could easily recognize the monuments and the White House. She also loved that the little girl had big curly hair just like her. I loved the illustrations in this book and the inclusion of White House dogs. It was a little manic, and the text needed better formatting to signify transitions between speakers, but the effect was dreamlike and oddly perfect for toddlers, I felt, as they often jump from thought to thought, ...more
Definitely for older readers who can appreciate a big question to chew on, a little whimsey, and a touch of hope.
Sep 28, 2012 GraceAnne rated it really liked it
The art is dramatic and beautiful, and the book is very weird. But I liked it.
Jean Haberman
Jun 25, 2014 Jean Haberman rated it really liked it
The illustrations by Lane Smith are cool (according to my 7-year-old grandson). President Lincoln's ghost was sad because he didn't know how things turned out after he died. After a girl tells him that the United States is still united and people are becoming more equal and that we are working on getting along without fighting, President Lincoln is happy. He is especially happy to see that we have landed on the moon!

A good book to share about President Lincoln's life and personality (including h
Jul 07, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked the art in the book. I liked the facts at the end of the book. I may have liked this more if my children were older. Maybe third grade and older where children may understand the significance of all that was being addressed in the book. There is some really sweet symbolism and other things going on. I picked it up on a whim. But there it would probably be a fun thing to add on to a study of Abe Lincoln for younger kids that would really pique some interest and add some odd facts for them ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Paula rated it liked it
A young schoolgirl gets separated from her group during a White House tour. She finds herself in the Lincoln bedroom, a room (the reader is informed) that curiously sparked fear in some White House dogs. There she sees and speaks with the ghost of Lincoln himself. He tells her about a recurring dream, and reveals that he is deeply curious about the state of the union today. The girl, Quincy, tells him that the union survived, equality for all is progressing, and fellow man getting along with fel ...more
Nov 03, 2012 Blair rated it really liked it
Genre: Historical

Summary: A little girl has a dream about Abe Lincoln and he tells her about a dream he once had for the country.

Critique: A. Organization
B. This story was laid out in a way that told a great story with facts interwoven. The illustrations and text formatting was also laid out in a way that made the book interesting to read and merged elements of modern day and historical society.
C. For example, Lincoln and the girl are flying around and he is asking her how things turned out wi
"Abe Lincoln's Dream" presents a different and interesting side to President Lincoln by incorporating true stories with a little bit of White House trivia. Lincoln was haunted by a recurring dream he had had several times, often before a significant event. In the story, Lincoln's ghost nervously stalks about the room that houses the Gettysburg Address. It takes meeting a young girl on a school tour of the White House to answer his questions and ease and put his spirit to rest. This story would b ...more
Jacob Burton
Dec 18, 2014 Jacob Burton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 544-t-l
Published in 2012, this wonderful book mixes history with a modern day 'ghost story' as Abe Lincoln's ghost is found in the White House. A young girl who wanders from her tour group finds the ghost and helps put his soul at ease about the country. I would classify this as historical fiction, because although it has elements of magic, there is also plenty of history and historical facts. This book would be great as an introduction to a unit or lesson about Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War.
Kelly Veatch
Jan 27, 2016 Kelly Veatch rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I love books about Abraham Lincoln, and I did like this one for me as an adult who understands about US history and Abe Lincoln. I was trying to read this from a child's perspective, and I'm not sure that young children would have the background knowledge to truly understand this book. I think when I use this book with students, I will need to shared more information with them so they "get it". Beautiful illustrations and overall theme.
Feb 09, 2014 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lincoln and Presidents' Day requests
Shelves: picture-book, lincoln
I came across this doing a display of Lincoln books for Presidents' Day. It would be my choice if I did a Presidents' Day program.

Dogs refuse to enter a room at the White House. "Some said they saw the ghost..." A girl wanders away from her tour and discovers, "a tall man standing over the Gettysburg address." She thinks he looks sad. She shows him how much has changed, though we are still working on some things.
The Library Lady
This is going in the picture book section where it will, so to speak, fly over the heads of small children. Older children will of course get that this is Abraham Lincoln and should enjoy it. I'm unimpressed personally--there are plenty of other books about Lincoln out there and I am still annoyed at Smith for his asinine (so to speak) ending for It's A Book and even more annoyed by the board book edition(!)

Given the recent election, snarky teens (and grown up librarians, teachers and parents) w
Rachel Ball
Apr 29, 2016 Rachel Ball rated it liked it
I LOVE the illustrations and the different fonts. I thought that was really fun and unique. I wasn't crazy about the story though... And I don't think the beginning with the dogs not wanting to go into the Lincoln Bedroom would make sense to a lot of kids. I think for a kids' picture book that part should've had a more clear connection to the story.
Oct 28, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Summary: This is a book which tells a story about a girl who meets Abe Lincoln and he wants to tell her his dream. His dream of course is the contents of the Gettysburg Address. The book is a blend of history and fiction the story is made up of things Lincoln actually said and his conversation with the modern day school girl.

Audience: This book is intended for younger and middle elementary students.

Appeal: The artwork is neutral and dreamy and very well done. The art matches the story very well
Valerie Barnhart
Jan 27, 2015 Valerie Barnhart rated it really liked it
Grades 2-5. A young girl journeys back in time through the progress of the country since Abe Lincoln has held office as President. Lincoln reflects on how he had a dream that he was on a ship at sea. He asks the young girl is the country has improved on unity, equality, and progress as a country. There are idioms throughout the book.
Heydi Smith
Although this book is about the ghost of Abe I really liked it. I would definitely use it in a classroom setting for first through third and would certainly use it at a storytime, perhaps one featuring history or maybe even one all about Abe, there's certainly enough good picture books to accomplish that now.
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Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Corona, California at a young age. He spent summers in Tulsa, however, and cites experiences there as inspirations for his work, saying that "[o]nce you've seen a 100-foot cement buffalo on top of a donut-stand (sic) in the middle of nowhere, you're never the same."

He studied art in college at the encouragement of his high school art teacher, helping
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