Book review: Abraham’s Dueling Words, by Donna Janell Bowman, illustrated by S.D. Shindler

Bowman, Donna Janell. Abraham’s Dueling Words. Illus. By S.D. Schindler. Peachtree, 2018. $17.95. unp. ISBN 978-1-56145-852-3. Ages 6-9. P8Q8

A whimsical true tale of Abraham Lincoln in 1842 when he was challenged to a duel by an opponent shows how he tried to use his wit to avoid violence. Notes in the back give more information, including the political careers of protagonists Lincoln and James Shields.

Verdict: The humorous watercolors depicting the period highlight the cheerful side to a sad hero who met a tragic end. The book can also be used to demonstrate how a simple minor experience can become a full-blown story with the addition of details that reveal characters. An easy and fun read.

May 2018 review by Nel Ward.

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