Friday, January 5, 2018

President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House by Demi [Review & Giveaway]

February is the month when we celebrate American Presidents' Day and an ideal time to remember President Abraham Lincoln. Libraries and schools will feature books about presidents with bulletin boards with their pictures, stores will hold Presidents' Day Sales, and kids will give presidential book reports. So how timely to review President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House.
A children's picture book biography
My thoughts:  I love children's picture book biographies and introducing young children to historical and significant people who have shaped our world. Reading President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House I find that it goes a bit beyond the picture book status in that the text is more involved, detailed, and spans more ideas and time than is usual in a children's picture book biography. It does, however, fill a need for detailed information for the young biography reader.

Reading this to the 4-to-6-year-old will take patience on the part of the reader and listener. It can work, though. The text and back pages details will be suitable for up to about age 12.

The back page information is concise and informative and will provide good detail for student reference material for dates, events, and the Gettysburg address text. This makes it highly suitable for classroom and school library.

The illustrations are simply not a favorite of mine but they do tell the story quite nicely with lots of color and detail. I do like the significant Lincoln quotes in set apart blocks on the pages.

This is a good biography and the information is tops. I think this would be a good addition to libraries.

About the book: From a small log cabin in Kentucky to the steps of the White House, Abraham Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to the very height of prominence and prestige. Leading America through the momentous events of the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the abolition of slavery, the story of "Honest Abe" is one that all children should know. Now award-winning author and illustrator, Demi, recounts Lincoln s incredible life story of courage, wisdom, and compassion as only she can. Filled with stunning illustrations, this book contains an appendix of fascinating facts and famous quotes from Lincoln s life, as well as a timeline and map. President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is not only a powerful teaching tool, but an entertaining and age-appropriate introduction to a man who has become one of the most influential and admired presidents of the United States."

About the author: Demi is the award-winning creator of numerous books for children, including The Empty Pot; Buddha; The Dalai Lama; The Legend of Saint Nicholas; Gandhi, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; and Muhammad, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice selection, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection, one of the Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth, and a Book Links “Lasting Connections” selection, and was cited in a Publishers Weekly starred review as a “timely, exceptionally handsome biography [that] serves as an excellent introduction to Islam.” Demi lives in Carnation, Washington.
Begins January 6
Ends January 27 @ 12:01 a.m. EST
Open to USA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Wisdom Tales publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given. Giveaway is provided by the publisher and sent directly to winner by publisher.


  1. Demi has written over 130 books. Demi’s books have sold over half a million copies. She really rocks.

  2. Demi loves painting and drawing. Demi lived in New England.

  3. I learned that she comes from a famous family and that she attributes her creativity and storytelling to her grandfather!

  4. I like Demi's illustrations, but I would agree these are not my favorite.

  5. She loves drawing and painting and now she paints everyday!

  6. Thanks for sharing at Party in Your Pjs!Interesting read!

  7. My daughters and I was just talking about President Lincoln in the car the other day. This looks like a good books for kids and I like the graphics; helps keep kid's attention.


  8. Thank you for the giveaway and for linking up to Party in Your PJ's!

  9. There is an opera based on her book The Empty Pot. Demi studied art in Mexico.

  10. Two things I learned about the author Demi is her grandfather writer Arthur Stanwood Pier inspired her to become writer. Her best selling book The Empty Pot was picked by former First Lady Barbara Bush as one of the books to be read on the ABC Radio Network Program Mrs. Bush’s Story Time.

  11. I learned that she was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and studied art in Mexico.

  12. I've enjoyed other books by Demi so I'd be interested in checking this one out! Thanks for sharing this on Booknificent Thursday at!


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