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I Am Abraham Lincoln

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by Brad Meltzer (Author), Christopher Eliopoulos (Illustrator)

 “We can ALL be heroes!”

New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s series of Ordinary people changing the world is one of a kind. Known for his popular adult thrillers, Brad Meltzer now enters the children’s Non Fiction genre with his new series for kids on “everyday heroes”. In his interview at Comic Book Resources, Meltzer discusses the need to change the perception of “hero” from a star personality to people who made a difference in the lives of many.

The book “I Am Abraham Lincoln” opens with Abraham Lincoln as a child. We read about Lincoln as a boy who loved to read. Kids were expected to help their parents out in the farms and the fields. Lincoln was always caught reading!

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The books continues to show Abraham Lincoln at playtime. Once he finds the neighborhood kids “playing” around animals. With great empathy he put a stop to the cruelty. When the same kids gang up on him, Lincoln stands firm.

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With simple to understand language and absolutely delightful illustrations, the author/illustrator duo demonstrate characteristics that made these “everyday heroes”. The author highlights how Lincoln perceived cheating as unfair, how hurting animals was wrong and how important it was to stand up simply because it was the right thing to do. The picture book further walks through Lincoln’s work in ending slavery.

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Christopher Eliopoulos does a brilliant job on artwork. Drawn in “Peanuts/Calvin Hobbes” style, Eliopoulos’ art work immediately draws the reader in. The cartoon style art and call out bubble dialogues capture the essence of the characters and adds the fun factor to story telling.

What really surprised me was how the author who wrote Super Hero comic book stories transitioned into heroes of a different kind. We read this one over and over again. “I am Amelia Earhart” was another great read. Looking forward to the third in the series “I am Rosa Parks” releasing later this year. Our favorite part in this series, hands down, was the ending page.. a message from each of these characters that truly describe what they were at heart.

I am Amelia Earhart (1/14/14) by Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos

 Educational and inspiring, this is a MUST have series. Like Meltzer, I really believe we need to inspire our children to become heroes not just “famous personalities”

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


24 comments

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  1. stanleyandkatrina

    Okay, I am in love with this series from your review. Thank you for sharing, and thanks for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    • reshamad

      So glad you could stop by and its a pleasure to share such great books!
      -Reshama

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  2. Absolutely lovin’ the illustrations in this one. Great post. Kid Lit Blog Hopper here.

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    • reshamad

      True! the illustrations are adorable. Author Meltzer mentions in his interview that he to re-write certain parts of the book just to accommodate the art!
      -Reshama

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  3. Carly

    What a wonderful series! We love incorporating non-fiction into our reading repertoire whenever possible — will definitely have to check these out. (Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop!)

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    • reshamad

      Books such as these make Non Fiction such a fun read don’t you think? Glad you could stop by Carly!
      -Reshama

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  4. I just love this type of story. I subscribe to a mighty girl facebook page and they are always bringing great books like this to our attention. Thanks for another wonderful recommendation on the Kid Lit Blog HOp

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    • reshamad

      Oooh, do let me know whereabouts of this FB page Julie, it would be wonderful to get recommendations.
      -Reshama

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I could not agree more with the opinion that Superheroes are false idols. Our children need to be aware of real people who have shaped our past and will shape our future.

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    • reshamad

      So true Barbara.. one can hope that with more great non fiction writing, that this would change eventually.
      -Reshama

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  6. I like how the author has highlighted the character of famous people like Abraham Lincoln and not just retold their story. Great way of introducing historical people of significance to children. Thanks for the lovely review. #kidlitbloghop

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    • reshamad

      exactly Kriss.. I think its not just knowing the personalities, but what makes them so great that matters!
      -Reshama

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  7. ccarpinello

    I love his adult fiction.Will have to give these a look. Thanks for sharing with us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    • reshamad

      I have to admit to not reading his adult fiction, but now I am curious Will look for some of his books. Thanks for stopping by Cheryl!
      -Reshama

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  8. Katie

    What a fantastic series!! I really love the artwork, and the story is so inspiring. I can’t wait to check out the rest of them!

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    • reshamad

      Its a well done book Kaite.. art, story telling, subject. Everything works!
      -Reshama

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  9. These books sound wonderful. I am in love with the way the illustrator depicted the famous kids and I like how Abraham Lincoln is wearing his top hat!

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    • reshamad

      Oh you would love Amelia and Rosa park books too Stacie.. I have read Amelia Earhart, and its just like this one.. really endearing! Thanks for stopping by
      -Reshama

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  10. Oh, oh oh!! Love this! This is brilliant. I think it is important for children in particular to see that their role models were normal kids just like them, so that they can feel, “Heh, that could be ME”. And then to just add snippets of some of their values and how they stood up for what they believed in… such a great idea! I love the illustrations too – that top hat on little Abe is really adorable! Thanks so much for introducing me to these books in the Kid Lit Blog Hop – fantastic!!

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Renee. This is really a great series and I personally can’t wait for the next one!
      -Reshama

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  11. All I can think is “Is he related to Milton Meltzer?” Must go investigate!

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  12. reshamad

    Is he ??? If you find out, let me know.. Maybe we should just ask him
    -Reshama

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  13. I absolutely LOVE this idea! Anything to make available historical heroes to children is great, but these are so fun! Thanks for showing us these.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks Amy! The series is really very nicely done.. enjoyable for a wide range of ages!
      -Reshama

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