Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country)
Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didn’t like him as president, a homely appearance—what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasn’t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller and a person who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip.
I really enjoyed reading some of the jokes Lincoln told during speeches or in personal conversation. I love that he chose humor to defuse tension, gain attention, or get his message across.
I've always thought that I would'v ...more
2) Abraham Lincoln Comes Home was a perfect fit to the twin text Lincoln Tells a Joke. In Lincoln Tells a Joke, the book focuses on Abe Lincoln’s outgoing personality and great sense of humor. It describes how he used his wit and charm to get through difficult times. The twin historical fiction book focuses on the tribute to Lincoln after his death. It describes the emotions of the boy and his father, as they wait for the train to pass that ca ...more
Author: Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
Illustrator: Stacy Innerst
Genre: Biography (primary grades)
Theme(s):courage, inspirational, learning, funny
Opening line/sentence: “Most people know that Abraham Lincoln lived in a log cabin, wore a stovepipe hat, wrote the Gettysburg Address, and led America through a terrible war”.
Brief Book Summary: This story is a whole different look at Abe Lincoln for children. This sto ...more
Twin Text: Abe Lincoln at last! By Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca, @2011
Rationale: I selected this picture book to compliment the non-fiction piece because I think it would be neat to learn about a national figure via accurate personal/historical facts and then see that individual portrayed fictionally, knowing what type of person they actually are. The book Abe Lincoln at last!, tells a story of two children who rely on a magic tree to s ...more
Brewer, P. & Krull, K. 2010. LINCOLN TELLS A JOKE: HOW LAUGHTER SAVED THE PRESIDENT (AND THE COUNTRY). New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 9780152066390.
Most people know that Abraham Lincoln wore a “stove pipe hat, lived in a log cabin, wrote the Gettysburg Address, and led America through a terrible war.” What we may not have known, which is expressed this unusual biography, is that our sixteenth president loved to laugh and tell funny stories and jokes. “T ...more
Appeal: I think children who enjoy history or learning about the presidents would enjoy this book. President Lincoln is kind of "in" right now, so kids might enjoy learning ...more
I grew up in Illinois and my grandmother collected all things Lincoln. I have visited the Lincoln museum in Springfield and I have toured New Salem so I came to this book with a solid background. Nevertheless, i found the presentation of his life unique and interesting. It is known that Lincoln suffered from depression and I agree that his number one coping tool was probably a sense of humor.
Everyone knows t ...more
This is interesting book. We all know Abraham Lincoln. He is our sixteenth president. But we do not know that he loved to tell silly storied. read funny books, collect jokes and puns. and laugh. This book show us Abraham Lincoln has rich sense of humor.
This book describe Lincoln the humor from this birth and to death. His childhood was very harsh. He looked homely and he knew it. However, he always keep positive attitude. Some content use the handwriting. This makes book mor ...more
Told simply with whimsical illustrations by Kathleen Krull, one of my all time favorite authors for all things biographical (written with her husband Paul Brewer), this would make a great in ...more
In Natalie’s interest inventory, she states that should would of liked the opportunity to meet Abraham Lincoln. She also expressed interest in history and jokes. I love this book because it gives historical information in the form of a light-hearted short story. This book tells the life of Abraham Lincoln ...more
The title is a bit ambitious, since examples of how Lincoln's humor actually saved the country never materialize. Mentioning that the shot that killed Lincoln was probably muffled by the laughter of the play's audience, and possibly Lincoln's own, was morbid.
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The narrative can easily be read at one time and it is very engaging and entertaining. We all learned a little more about this great man and we really enjoyed reading this book together.
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