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Abe Lincoln's Dream

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  908 Ratings  ·  176 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely for older readers who can appreciate a big question to chew on, a little whimsey, and a touch of hope.
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.
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.
Traci Bold
Ghost stories are always fun to read and this one is no different. Based on President Lincoln's reoccuring nightmare, comes a tale to make you laugh and wonder.

Written and illustrated by Lane Smith and published by Roaring Brook Press.

#PB #AbrahamLincoln #ghost
Nov 29, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Really needed this hopeful little picture book about how far we've come as a country right about now.
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
Nov 21, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
This is the story of the Lincoln ghost, who supposedly haunts the White House to this day. In this story, a little girl wanders away from her tour group and happens upon Lincoln, though she is unaware that it is Lincoln she's met. She helps him to understand that his dreams are on their way toward being accomplished though they are still a work in progress. That turns out to be all he needs in order to cross over to the other side once and for all and the girl returns to her tour group. It's a n ...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
Oct 08, 2013 Jess rated it liked it
This book felt jumbled. We float around a bit with Abe, and while he's a guy I could see floating around with, it needs something. It's interesting, definitely, to look at, but I think a short picture book was the wrong way to go.

Wouldn't it be great as a graphic novel? Kick it up about 40+ more pages? Aim it at the 3-4-5-6 audience it deserves but won't ever get as a picture book. The kids who'll check this out aren't going to get it.

Show it to teachers maybe? However, I'd rather give them Ma
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
Storytime Books
Apr 01, 2013 Storytime Books rated it it was amazing
This book is such a great one because it teaches children a little bit about history and the many things that have happened in history. It also shows them how far we have come as the years pass. The illustrations, also done by Smith, are one word, incredible. The pen and ink drawings on each page give a historic, vintage feel to the story. The different sizes and fonts used in the book as well are sure to catch readers eyes and having them wanting to keep on reading the book.

If you are looking f
Jan 04, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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."

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