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Abe Lincoln's Hat

Abe Lincoln's Hat

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Was Abe Lincoln absent-minded? Indeed! President Lincoln came up with a trick involving his stovepipe hat to nudge his memory! Fascinating anecdotes and historical context enrich this expanded biographical picture book that brings to life one of our nation's most revered presidents.

Long before he became the 16th president, Abe Lincoln started out as a frontier lawyer. He resorted to sticking letters and notes deep inside his hat so they stayed handy. Adapted from the Step into Reading leveled reader of the same name, author Martha Brenner has revised and enriched her original text to include more historical material and resources for those who want to explore this captivating figure further. Illustrator Brooke Smart's clever art makes history more appealing than ever. Including both humor and painful, hard-hitting American history, this new edition traces Lincoln's evolution into a compelling commander-in-chief during a contentious time in our nation's history. Young readers will be intrigued!

Author: Martha Brenner
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Published: 02/08/2022
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 11.10h x 7.80w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780525647171
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2.6
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 11151 / Abe Lincoln's Hat

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/15/2021

About the Author
MARTHA F. BRENNER is the author of four books for children. Years after writing the beginning reader edition of Abe Lincoln's Hat (Step 3 Step Into Reading), she visited Lincoln's home in Illinois. A tall stovepipe hat hung in the front hall, as if the great man had returned to be her guide. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

BROOKE SMART received her BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University and started her artistic career as a fine artist. She loves working with traditional media, especially with watercolor, gouache, and on occasion, acrylic paint. Her work appears in children's magazines, children's books, but also on cards and other learning materials. She lives in Utah with her husband and three children. Visit her at
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