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Abe Lincoln's Dream

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  680 ratings  ·  147 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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2013 Mock Caldecott
78th out of 97 books — 231 voters
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Heather
oh my gosh, does EVERY children's picture book have to make me cry???? I LOVE Lane Smith.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
If I said - "Well it's Lane Smith" would people understand what I mean?
Monica Edinger
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.
Robin
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.
Amy
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
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Joanne Zienty
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
Shelley Daugherty
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.
Jill
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
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
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
Karen
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
Melissa
Definitely for older readers who can appreciate a big question to chew on, a little whimsey, and a touch of hope.
GraceAnne
The art is dramatic and beautiful, and the book is very weird. But I liked it.
Jean Haberman
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
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Jessica
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
Paula
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
Blair
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
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Oanh
"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
June
Feb 09, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lincoln and Presidents' Day requests
Shelves: lincoln, picture-book
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
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Jeanne
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
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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.
Shelli
An unexpected work of historical fiction about Abraham Lincoln that is contrary to anything else I have read about him. A fun read aloud to share with elementary age students and a good conversation starter for discussion about how things are different now from the time when Lincoln was in office.
Naomi
I am really conflicted about this book. On one hand, we see Lincoln's vision for the US coming true, but don't like the fact that it was written as him as a ghost. Maybe I am missing something...not sure. On that note, I will admit that I felt the illustrations were wonderful.
Samantha
On a tour of the White House a little girl meets the ghost of Lincoln. He's worried about all of his unfinished business. On a flying tour of America and even the moon Lincoln asks his most burning questions and the little girl answers them simply and calmly. That night she dreams of Lincoln sailing away with a smile on his face.

Clever and inventive. Illustrations were rendered in pen and ink, oil paint, and digitally. The color palette is muted and full of earth tones. Text appears in various
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:Donna Marie
ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM This book is beautifully told and illustrated. The message is a good one, too :) It may even be up for a Caldecott next year--that's how well done it is, in my opinion.

I just wish it wasn't told in a way that encourages children to believe in ghosts. I know many people do, which is
why there will be little-to-no objection to that by readers. It's just my personal take on that.
Melanie
Quincey, a young girl who has drifted from her tour group at the White House, encounters the ghost of Abraham Lincoln gazing at the Gettysburg Address. He seems sad and after some prodding, admits to Quincy that he is indeed. He felt that there was much to do in the year 1865 after the reunification of the country. So, they take off!

With Lincoln doing the flying Quincy is able to show him what has been accomplished in this country since the Civil War. Some things are complete, like the Union. Ot
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Kara
This is a lovely book but I wish it had more of a narrative structure. Not a fun read-aloud. Lincoln is portrayed as very sad, and it's great that the little girl main character is not white.
Kathleen
Lane Smith, Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and Grandpa Green, returns with another visually intriguing tale. This time, a little girl touring the Whitehouse puts Lincoln’s concerned ghost to rest as she encourages him to consider the social progress made within the United States since he was president. Smith employs muted primary colors over backgrounds textured with cracked oil painting patterns which, along with the typesetting, add to the historical perspective o ...more
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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."

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