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18 Penny Goose

Sally M. Walker (1999), 64 pages
Illustrated by Ellen Beier
Audience: 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Historical
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It's the time of the Revolutionary War in New Jersey. British soldiers are headed toward the Wright farm. The family is taking all the possessions they can load in their wagon and their large livestock to stay at a friend's farm until the Colonies' army can run the British away. Letty can't take her pet goose and all his wives. Letty is sure the soldiers will eat her geese, but doesn't know what she can do to stop them. As the family is leaving, Letty writes a letter to the soldiers, asking them to spare her geese. What will happen to her geese when the soldiers come?
Similar books: A Goose Named Gilligan by Jerry Hay; Gordon in Charge by Jill Newton; Goose's Story by Cari Best
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 5/18/2009
ISBN-10: 0064442500
ISBN-13: 9780064442503
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Abbie Against the Storm

Marcia Vaughan (1999), 32 pages
Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Historical, Picture Books
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In 1852, Abbie's father moves the whole family to Matinicus Rock to be the lighthouse keeper there and Abbie becomes his assistant. She learns to care for the lights, keeping them clean and lit in order to guide ships around the treacherous rocks along the shore. Then her father has to make an emergency trip to the mainland for supplies. A violent storm hits and Abbie has to care for her younger sisters, her ailing mother and the precious lights. This exciting adventure is based on the true life of Abbie Burgess who helped care for the lighthouse for 22 years.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 12/20/2011
ISBN-13: 9781582700076
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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend)

Deborah Hopkinson (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by John Hendrix
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Historical, Picture Books
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This book introduces Abe's forgotten frontier friend Benjamin Austin Gollaher or Austin for short. Austin is ten, three years older than Abe, but they manage to get into trouble by being best friends and adventuresome. In 1816, after Abe finished carrying in wood for his mother, the two boys start off looking for partridges near the creek. Knob Creek, with high and rushing water, had to be crossed and was done so on a dare. What happened during the crossing keeps the story suspenseful. The artwork was fun and complimented the tale perfectly. Everyone has heard of Abraham Lincoln, but not many have heard of Mr. Gollaher. In 1865 Abe Lincoln apparently told a Kentucky visitor that he would rather see Austin Gollaher 'than any other man in Kentucky.'
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 4/5/2010
ISBN-10: 0375937684
ISBN-13: 9780375937682
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Abraham Lincoln Comes Home

Robert Burleigh (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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As the funeral train took the body of assassinated president Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, it passed through hundreds of small towns. Rain or shine, day or night people gathered by the tracks to pay their respects as the train passed. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of how Luke and his father travel miles in a horse drawn buggy to watch the train pass in the middle of the night. It was the first time Luke saw his dad cry.
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 2/12/2010
ISBN-10: 0805075291
ISBN-13: 9780805075298
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Commenter: Michele, grade 0
After something terrible happens, people seem to come together. There's a need to do something. Many people young and old are currently working on projects to raise money to help the people of Haiti as they try to recover from the devastating earthquake. When a beloved person dies, people come together also to honor that person and say farewell. In an age well before TV, about thirty million people said their farewells to Abraham Lincoln either at a funeral or by watching the train pass.
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Addie Across the Prairie

Laurie Lawlor (1991), 128 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory, and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie. Look for other books featuring Addie.
Similar books: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 5/18/2009
ISBN-10: 0671701479
ISBN-13: 9780671701475
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