A Tall, Thin Tale
(Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend)
Review posted February 28, 2009.
Schwarz & Wade Books, New York, 2008. 36 pages.
In honor of Abe Lincoln's 200th birthday, here's a children's picture book telling a story of how Abe Lincoln almost died when he was only seven years old.
Yes, Abe and his friend Austin were crossing a creek. Abe fell in, and his friend fished him out, saving his life and thus making a difference in the world for generations to come.
Deborah Hopkinson has a delightful, folksy way of telling the story, talking about what we know and what we don't know. The pictures of the green Kentucky valley where Abe lived and the mischievous boys add to the fun.
Here's an endearing tale of friendship, suitable for young readers or listeners who might be tired of more straitlaced and serious stories of Abraham Lincoln. He did a foolish thing crossing that creek, but his friend saved him. Even Abraham Lincoln needed a friend.