I don’t think I know a seven-year-old boy who can resist the siren song of a swiftly moving, storm-swollen creek. And seven-year-old Abe Lincoln and his adventurous friend are no exception.
Based on a true story, Deborah Hopkinson’s Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek gives readers an unusual glimpse into the childhood antics of one of history’s great men.
And although history books can sometimes be “dry,” this entertaining piece of historical fiction is…well…sopping wet. Would you like to know more?
One fateful day in 1816, Abe and his best friend Austin (you won’t find him in any “real” history books) were out hunting partridges. They found some partridges.
On the wrong side of the creek.
“Don’t go too near the creek!” warns Abe’s mama, Nancy. “It’s been raining something fierce, and the water’s high.”
Abe’s mama had warned them, but do you think they listened?
No, of course they didn’t! And I feel kind of guilty admitting that I’m not disappointed that they didn’t, because if they had listened, we wouldn’t be talking about this delightfully engaging book by Deborah Hopkinson. And we wouldn’t get to see John Hendrix’s ingenious ink and watercolor illustrations—the perfect complement to Hopkinson’s charming wit.
This author-illustrator team may have turned this slice of history into a bit of a tall tale, but in the process, they have created a Comstock Read-Aloud Award winner and a not-to-be-missed treat. Whether you call it a history book, a folk tale, or a book about friendship, Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek is a definite winner. And if you’re looking for a great picture book to read for President’s Day, dive into this one…the water’s perfect!
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