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Lincoln Tells a Joke by Kathleen Krull
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Aug 07, 11

This book tells of an amazing side of Abraham Lincoln that not many know. He was funny and he loved to laugh. He told jokes all the time. When he was young, his family taught him to enjoy reading, stories, and joking around. Keeping his sense of humor and laughing helped him get through the loss of his mother. He joked about his awkward appearance, his court cases when he was a lawyer, and even about his wife to be’s uptight family. His sense of humor is what got him through some of the toughest times he went through during his presidency and the Civil War, and the author ends by saying that laughing drowned out the sound of the gun shot that killed him.
This book is a fantastic introduction to biographies because it tells of a side of Lincoln that is fun and down to earth. Students would enjoy hearing how much he was like them. The reading is simple but appropriate for upper elementary, and the illustrations are fun and engaging.
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