Some of the questions that our latest Caldecott-winnning read, 1940's Abraham Lincoln has sparked.
Johannes (17 months) consistently dragged the hardcover, well-worn library copy over to me, plopped it in my lap, and demanded in his squeaky grunt that I read. Now! It is packed with colourful illustrations; Johannes especially loved pointing out all the details on each page (lots of pigs, horses, various animals, flags, etc.) Magdelana (4+) had a bottomless supply of questions, primarily about slavery, and why people let it happen.This has been a wonderful conversation starter. Magdelana and I have been talking a lot about injustice, and about sticking up for people. I do not always have the best answers.
How do you balance the confusing paradox of A) war is bad; don't fight with B) sometimes you have to fight in order to stand up for what's right?
These are things that adults don't have figured out.
Spoiler alert: the book ends before his ill-fated trip to the theater. Good or bad, it lets his story end on a more upbeat note that leaves out the assassination.
Highly recommend this for both illustrations and text. Informative, thought-provoking and conversation-starting for 4+, visually rich and detailed for younger. And enjoyable reminder of what a good guy Mr. Lincoln was.