Fridays with Irene: Finding Lincoln, by Ann Malaspina
By: Ann Malaspina
Illustrated by: Colin Bootman
Paintings by Coretta Scott King Honour artist
Albert Whitman and Company, 2009.
This book is based on a true story. It is about a boy who wants to get a book out of the main library in Alabama about young Abraham Lincoln.
The setting for this book is the 1950's Alabama where only white people were allowed into the main library. But Louis wasn't going to put up with that reality. He mustered up as much courage as he could and walked straight into the main library, with people staring. Ultimately, one of the librarians had to escort him out to keep the peace within the library. But before she did, the librarian quietly took him aside and asked him to come back to the library the next day after 5 p.m. Louis did and she made sure that he got the book he wanted and she even gave him a temporary library card.
At the end of the story, there is an informative note for the reader about how blacks were segregated until the 1960's in Alabama. There is also an informative sidebar that is full of facts about Abraham Lincoln, and a reference list for further reading. It is truly a wonderful book that
most kids will enjoy reading. The paintings are very vivid and realistic for the time portrayed by the author.
Rating: 5 Stars
Discussion Questions For Educators and Teachers.
1. Write a short account about Louis' courage. Would you be that
courageous in similar circumstances? Why?
2. Write an short account about the life of Abraham Lincoln and
his incredible perspicacity in abolishing slavery.
3. Read one or two books on the reading list and talk about what
you learned about Abraham Lincoln.
Reviewed by Irene S. Roth
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