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I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World)

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  586 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
We can all be heroes. That’s the inspiring message of this lively, collectible picture book biography series from New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it, Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Dial Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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David Schaafsma
Dec 08, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
The Common Core (the federal guiding hand on American classrooms) emphasizes non-fiction over fiction (too frivolous, those made-up stories!), so this has opened up opportunities for creative nonfiction, memoirs. Brad Meltzer is clearly on, doing a lot of these now that have been making their way from the libraries to my house. I really like the writing of Brad Meltzer and the illustrations of Chris Eliopoulos generally. I picked this one up to review it because I am interested in the ways books ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
"Sometimes, the hardest fights don't reveal a winner, but they do reveal character. Especially when you're fighting for something you believe in."

Abraham Lincoln's story is one fantastic read. There are so many powerful messages within it that readers can apply to their own lives.......

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'Ordinary People Change the World' is a lovely tagline and these charming, quirky books are quite attractive. But I can't get over that these are cataloged as nonfiction texts and include inauthentic and clearly made up speech bubbles and asides from historical figures. There are no attributions or sources and I believe that it will be nearly impossible for students to discern which quotes are actually authentic.

I really truly love the message of these books. But since they are cataloged and to
Michele Knott
Good introduction to Abraham Lincoln for very young readers. Written in narrative format, it will hold young readers attention. However, lack of any nonfiction features makes it sound more like a story than a useful tool for obtaining information. I think I will like Meltzer's new series for very young children, but would quickly move them to something else when wanting to obtain more facts or use a more reliable informational source. I liked the photographs in the back depicting Abraham Lincoln ...more
Renee Parrish
Apr 20, 2016 Renee Parrish rated it really liked it
I am Abraham Lincoln (2014) by Brad Meltzer, Pictures by Christopher Eliopoulos, Biography

This "kid friendly" biography is part of a great series of books about important historical people who made changes in the great United States of America. This particular book is about Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth president. The reading is at an elementary level ranging from kindergarten to about second grade reading. The author expresses different scenarios that Lincoln would have been passionate about
Charity Stewart
Nov 18, 2015 Charity Stewart rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
What did you think of the book? I love this book. I read about Jackie Robinson by the same author-I love Brad Meltzer's series on famous people. The pictures are adorable and would draw kids in. Everyone has heard of Abe Lincoln and this is written in a way that will keep their attention rather than just spitting out boring facts.
What resonated with you? I love the illustrations in the book. I think students would love that not only does Abe Lincoln have a rather large hat-but his head in the i
Caitlin O'Connor
I am Abraham Lincoln is a Historical Fiction picturebook that readers get to see what Abraham Lincoln would be like as a kid. For example, Abe preferred to read instead of hunt on the farm, he saved a turtle from boys burning them, he shows that it is hard to do the right thing, but that the right thing is the best thing to do. Abe was exemplary in wanted to learn and educated himself through reading and reading and reading. The book is broken up into different, easy to understand scenes about t ...more
Jeralynn Moser
Jan 30, 2015 Jeralynn Moser rated it it was amazing
1. This is a primary book, that because of the subject matter I would recommend as a read aloud. It talks about slavery and bullying, and I think it could cause Natalie's inquisitive mind to ask questions that an adult could help answer right away.

2. Like Natalie, I think Abraham Lincoln is an awesome man, so I knew I wanted to show her an Abe Lincoln book. This book is just great -- the illustrations are so fun for children, and the story is both accurate and relatable. I appreciate how it deal
I really like the writing of Brad Meltzer and the illustrations of Chris Eliopoulos. I was puzzled at the idea that they would do a children's book about Lincoln, though, as their styles seemed like a poor fit for the subject matter. In fact, Eliopoulos chose to illustrate Lincoln as being short [???] and as a cartoony version of the adult Lincoln all through life, including whiskers he only grew in 1860. The effect was very odd.
The result is a very beginning introduction to Lincoln, but with en
Carole Roman
Mar 26, 2014 Carole Roman rated it it was amazing
While I found the bubbles of the side comments made by the characters distracting, I did like the premise of this book. Humanizing larger than life characters makes it easier for children to relate to them. Meltzer picks themes that children can identify with so Abraham Lincoln ceases being the "guy on the penny", and his actions of fighting for what one believes in becomes understandable. In a few scenarios, Meltzer retells stories supposedly from Lincoln's own experiences that explains how his ...more
Arretta Johnson
"Have you ever helped someone who was afraid of other kids or was being bullied? What did you do to help them? There might be many times in your life when you will see a friend or even a stranger who needs your help with a problem they have and I hope you choose to help them and not turn your back and walk away. Did you know that the 16th President of the United States helped a very large group of people with a terrible problem they had? Who was our 16th President? After the correct answer is gi ...more
Shannon Brasher
I am Abraham Lincoln is one of the books in Brad Meltzer’s book series Ordinary People Change the World. This series is targeted towards younger readers (K-3) and is an incredible way to introduce biographical reading to young children. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Even though its target audience is young children, it has a lot of subtle humor adults will enjoy, such as the running joke where Abraham Lincoln keeps telling people he is going to be on the penny one day and everyone asks ...more
Feb 04, 2016 Stacie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
I Am Abraham Lincoln is a wonderfully educational story about the life of the 16th President of the United States.

I have always known that Abraham Lincoln was a great man, but it was amazing to see how even from a young age he stood up for what was right. In times when it would have been easier to walk away or back down Abraham Lincoln sought justice. Whether it was helping animals, standing his ground during the Civil War, or ensuring all people were treated equal, Abraham Lincoln was a man we
Renee Slawson
Oct 14, 2016 Renee Slawson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I chose to put this book on my favorites shelf because it is a great way to introduce one of our greatest presidents through a fun and colorful biography. This book is a short read with a great amount of information about Abraham Lincoln. This book takes you through Lincoln's child and adult years as he grows and experiences many heart breaking moments that dealt with the mistreatment of colored individuals. His message speaks to the heart and can help children understand the importance of treat ...more
This series of biographies by Brad Melzer is wonderful! I read I am Albert Einstein, I am Rosa Parks, I am Abraham Lincoln, and I am Amelia Earhart today. Each is a wonderful introduction to an interesting person who made an impact in history. These graphic books are designed in a way that make the information accessible and lures readers in. This is both a good intro to the people and to reading biographies. Some of the best reading I have done in my life were fascinating biographies...some of ...more
Jennifer Coughlin
Aug 22, 2015 Jennifer Coughlin rated it really liked it
I love history and the lessons it can teach us. It can be trickier to discuss with a child of picture-book reading age, which is why I love Brad Meltzer's "I am" series. One of my favorites is this one, on Lincoln. It starts out, as all in the series do, with anecdotes from his childhood. But not just any old story about Abe as a boy; the stories perfectly set up his character - that he loved to read, that he was a self-taught student, and that he stood up for those without the voice to speak up ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Heidi rated it it was amazing
Not only does this book have delightfully appealing illustrations but there is a remarkable amount of content for a book aimed at young children. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the picture it presented of one of our most influential presidents. These books would be a great way to introduce biographies to young readers. There were even some stories about Lincoln that I hadn't heard before which is great considering how much I've read about the man. The only thing I might have wished for is a ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
For Pre-school level children, I think this book is very well composed. I had relatively low expectations and was so pleasantly surprised by it's ability to bring a historical figure to life in a meaningful way for a young child. As a an adult and historian, there are lots of things the book doesn't touch on, but these topics and issues would bring it beyond the reach of its audience. It is concise, interesting, and far from superficial. It also strives to move beyond the practice of teaching ch ...more
Mar 01, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ever since my students became increasingly interested in the "Who was?" series, the biography section in our library has been given new life. But those books aren't meant for young elementary kids. That is why this book "I am Abraham Lincoln" will be such a wonderful addition to our library. K-2 graders are interested in knowing about famous people. This book introduces them to Abe, but also teaches character qualities as well. My kids will be drawn in by the cover, but will stay engage d in the ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
Watch out for the “I am” series, which highlights Ordinary People that Change the World. They are simple biographies that introduce young readers to key historical figures through using a graphic novel like format. In the books, a message is interwoven that is powerful. It is also has nice details, like in the Abraham Lincoln one, it uses a turtle as a symbol of “injustice.” So much history is incorporated in many different ways! If you are trying to get your little tot between preschool to seco ...more
Part of the Ordinary People Change the World series, this picture book biography about Abraham Lincoln focuses on his character values. The first person narration begins with Lincoln's childhood and includes the major highlights of his life. The style is conversational and anecdotal with the purpose of showing how LIncoln's convictions shaped history. Since the oversimplification is intentional, it is unfortunate that there are no resource notes. However, this will be useful to readers looking f ...more
Cesally Shermam
Dec 03, 2014 Cesally Shermam rated it it was amazing
This picture book is a very simplified version of a biography of Abraham Lincoln up until the Gettysburg address. I gave this book a five out of five because it is very easy to understand language -wise, and if the children had a hard time understanding the content, the cute illustrations are very easy to follow and can help explain the material. The dominant themes in the book include standing up for what you believe in, and caring. I think that the appropriate age for this book would be 7.
Oct 07, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng261
This book is a great way for children to learn about Abraham Lincoln. It is a children's literature biography, and it is best suited for children between the ages of 6 and 9. This short biography walks through Lincoln's childhood up until his presidency. I gave it a five star because it is both engaging and informative. A child read this with me, and he absolutely loved it. The themes of this book are equality, fairness, justice, the presidency, and historic figures.
Sep 26, 2016 Kendall rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
I was rather surprised how much my oldest son (age 6) likes these books. They are very child-friendly in their illustrations, and the text is not too dense, but I just expected him to like them fine. When I brought this title and others in the series home with many other books, he had these pulled out immediately and laid them out for bedtime storytime. We've read these and I'll be getting more from the library as well.
Cameron Thompson
SOOO cute! This little biography is very adorable, it allows students to know about Lincoln and his life growing up. It includes key facts that will help the students understand Lincoln more and the decisions he had to make in his life. This would be a great read aloud for students K-2 and even a small read on your own for students grades 3-5. Overall very great content and a good book.
Mar 21, 2014 Jo rated it it was amazing
Love this new juvenile biography series from Brad Meltzer! I've read both Abraham Lincoln and Amelia Earhart - each one is humorous and quirky with an inspirational message. The series is called Ordinary People Change the World and drives home the point that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Great introductory informational books for young ones [K-2]. I'd say preschoolers too!
May 29, 2016 Caity rated it liked it
The artwork in these books is really fun and cute. It also does a great job of furthering the narrative of the book featuring conversations between characters about the main character that are really fun and funny. The books themselves provide a fun age appropriate look at different historical figures and serve as a great introduction to important periods of history.
Feb 07, 2014 AnnieM rated it really liked it
Brad Meltzer NAILED IT!!!

Abe Lincoln had a full life. Meltzer hits all the major points and some of the lesser known stories.

The part that really shines is that the author takes this great man in history and makes his greatness only applicable to a young person's life, but it's understand able.

I can't wait to see how the author handles other historic figures.
This is a fabulous overview of Abraham Lincoln's life written in a way that is accessible to children. The pictures are done in a way that resembles a graphic novel, and the text sounds like someone is talking to you. Additionally, it encourages the message that doing the right thing is always right, even when it isn't easy to do. This is a wonderful book!
Angie Martinez
Dec 09, 2014 Angie Martinez rated it really liked it
Shelves: edu261
I was interested in this book after it was introduced to my class. I like it because it is short and very child-friendly. There are facts that are interesting and easy to remember. I also like that it doesn't talk about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Since it doesn't include that part, I would say this book is for 1st through 3rd grade.
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even g ...more
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