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Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln

Doreen Rappaport (2008), 48 pages
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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This beautifully illustrated biography of Abraham Lincoln has profound and not so profound words that he said on the bottom of each page. 'Abraham Lincoln is my name, and with my pen I wrote the same. I wrote in both haste and speed and left it here for fools to read.' Abe Lincoln's simple, understated ways that brought about profound national change are showcased in this book.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 3/24/2010
ISBN-10: 1423104080
ISBN-13: 9781423104087
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Alice Paul

Elizabeth Raum (2004), 32 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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Alice Paul spent her whole life working for women's rights. She was born in 1885, when women could not vote, and most girls did not go to college. However, her parents thought education was important. Alice got a college degree in social work, and eventually went back to college for two law degrees. While Alice was studying in England, she started working with the suffragists, women who were fighting for a woman's right to vote. She continued her work for voting rights after she returned home to the United States. She was put in jail several times while marching for voting rights. Finally, in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was passed! After 1920, Alice worked for equal rights for all women around the world. She made sure that the charter for the United Nations included equal rights for all people. Part of the American Lives series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 1403457034
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Annie Oakley

Kathleen Thompson & Gleiter (1995), 32 pages
Illustrated by Yoshi Miyake
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Easy Reader, Especially for Girls, Historical, Nonfiction
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Annie Oakley by Jan Gleiter and Kathleen Thompson tells the true life story of the legend Annie Oakley. Growing up, Annie's family was very poor. She did all she could to raise money to help her mom and dad. Earning enough money to put food on the table was very hard, until Annie fired her first shot. Annie became the best shot in Greenville. She was able to sell all the quail, beaver, and mink she could shoot to the storekeeper, Mr. Katzenberger. This helped Annie's family. One day, Annie Oakley entered a shooting contest where she met and beat her husband. They married and later joined the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. She became famous as the, 'Little Girl of the Western Plains'. Annie Oakley had a long career with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show where she became one of our most beloved American Legends.
Book Series: First Biographies
Similar authors: Marlene Toby; Haydn Middleton; Andrew Langley; Donna Latham
Similar books: Kit Carson by Jan Gleiter; Christopher Columbus by Jan Gleiter; Pocahontas by Jan Gleiter; Paul Revere by Jan Gleiter; Sacagawea by Jan Gleiter; Booker T. Washington by Jan Gleiter
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/16/2010
ISBN-10: 0811484513
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Annie Oakley

John Wukovits (1997), 63 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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Annie was born in 1860, to Jacob and Susan Moses, just after they left everything they knew in Pennsylvania and moved their family by wagon to Ohio. When Annie was just six, her father died and her mother was left to support the family of seven children. Annie took up shooting game to help out and soon became an expert. At the age of 16, she supported her family with her rifle, selling the game she shot to a local hotel. Three years later, the hotel owner backed her in a shooting match against Frank Butler, a renowned marksman. As Annie put it, she won the match and a husband. Thus, her show career began. Annie Oakley became a woman whose inborn talent led her to a career performing all over the United States and in Europe. She rubbed shoulders with many of the famous and royal people of the time.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 1/18/2012
ISBN-10: 0791039064
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Apple for Harriet Tubman

Glennette Tilley Turner (2006), 24 pages
Illustrated by Susan Keeter
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Especially for Girls, Historical, Multicultural, Nonfiction
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Born into slavery around 1820, Harriet Tubman learned quickly that the life of a slave was full of hard work and danger. As a little girl, Harriet was a slave on a plantation in Maryland. One of her favorite outdoor chores was working in the apple orchard; picking, washing, and polishing the apples. She always felt that it was so unfair, that after doing all this work, slaves were forbidden to taste this wonderful fruit. After getting whipped for daring to take a bite of a juicy red apple, she promised herself two things: one day she was going to be free and when she was, she was going to have all the apples she wanted. In 1849, Harriet made her escape to the North by way of the Underground Railroad. However, Harriet was not happy being free when there were so many people still in slavery. Time and time again, Harriet went back to Maryland to guide other slaves to freedom. It took a long time but Harriet finally kept those two promises that she had made to herself. Read this easy to read and beautifully illustrated story of Harriet Tubman a 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad.
Similar authors: Pamela Duncan Edwards, Ellen Levine
Similar books: Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards; If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine; Journeys of Courage: On the Underground Railroad by Darwin McBeth Walton; Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman; Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
Reviewed by: askme
Date read: 6/30/2010
ISBN-10: 0807503959
ISBN-13: 9780807503959
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