My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A Tale of Two Boys from Indiana (Big Tent Books, June 1, 2011) is a children's book by history buff Robert L Bloch, about the early life of Abraham Lincoln, during the time he lived with his family in southwestern Indiana (age 11-14 (1820-23)) through the eyes of his fictional best friend, Sam Harding. Some of the book is based on true events that occurred in Abe's life but have been expanded on using the imagination of Mr Bloch. The illustrations for the book are done by former Disney illustrator, John W. Ewing.
Here is the synopsis for the back of My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A Tale of Two Boys from Indiana:
In 1820, Sam Harding and Abe Lincoln forged a strong friendship, based on their love of learning and of the outdoors. This timeless story is about the special bond between two boys, the experiences they shared growing up in early America, and how one of the boys eventually became the sixteenth President of the United States.
I was given a copy of the book to read for this review. It is very well written and the illustrations work perfectly with the text. I read it to my son, who is a little young but still enjoyed the book, as did I (the book is designed for ages 5-8). I don't always remember that Abe Lincoln spent time in Kentucky and Indiana prior to coming to Illinois (the Land of Lincoln). This book is a great reminder of Abe's roots and things that he could have seen/experienced growing up that shaped who he became as the 16th President of the USA.
My Best Friend, Abe Lincoln: A Tale of Two Boys from Indiana would make a great addition to a grade school aged child's library and is available on Amazon for $9.77.
Thanks to Robert Block for my sample to review. Opinions are honest. Review by Michelle.
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