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Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington




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Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington by Cheryl Harness
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Cheryl Harness creates a vivid picture of the Springfield, Illinois, years when Abe Lincoln met and married a pretty Kentucky lady, and became increasingly well known as a lawyer and politician. Then she offers us a tremendously moving account of the tensions that were pulling the nation into a civil war as Lincoln was rising to become the president. Richly-imagined illustrations show Lincoln in many moods: happy and gangly during his first dance with Mary Todd, playful with his sons, and attentive in the White House. We see Lincoln rising to the challenge of the crisis as he drafts the Emancipation Proclamation and delivers the Gettysburg Address. Brilliantly detailed maps and battle scenes add to our understanding of what the civil war meant to the United States, and why Abraham Lincoln will always be regarded as one of the greatest presidents.

Author Biography

Cheryl Harness is the author and/or illustrator of some 35 children's books, including seven picture book biographies for National Geographic. She has a natural talent for making history fun for kids, injecting the "wow" factor into the lives of America's historical heroes and heroines. She has won multiple awards and now lives in her historic hometown of Independence, MO. Visit Cheryl Harness at her Web site:
Release date NZ
October 14th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
2nd ed.
48 colour illustrations
National Geographic Society
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