Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
A Tall Thin Tale
What is this book about?
In this picture book of historical fiction about our 16th president of the United States, we read the tale of two boys who get themselves into more trouble than bear cubs in a candy store during the year 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin, is ten.
Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don’t know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won’t tell you what happens, but let’s just say that our country wouldn’t be the same if Austin hadn’t been there to help his friend.
Awards and Recognition
- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- Booklist children’s editors’ choice list 2008
- 2008 Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon list
- ALA-ALSC Notable Books for children (middle readers)
- Comstock Book Award (from Minnesota State University Moorhead)
- Illinois 2010-11
- Indiana 2010-11
- Iowa 2010-11
- Maryland 2009-10
- Michigan Great Lakes 2009-10
- Nebraska 2010-11
- New York 2009-10
- Vermont 2009-10
“What you can know for sure is that this is a book you should add to your shelves.” (School Library Journal, starred review)
“[J]ust how do you handle a legend? Deborah Hopkinson has found a way, and it’s a winner.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review)
“This unusual and often amusing picture book offers much more than an illustrated reminiscence.” (Booklist, starred review)