Jake and Annie are on a mission-- Teddy has put a spell on Merlin's penguin penny and needs Jack and Annie to break it by finding objects through history. They head out one morning before school and end up at the White House, where they need to meet with Lincoln. They meet two rowdy boys who say that they will introduce them to the president, but he ends up having to many meetings. Jack and Annie are sucked back into another place and meet a boy on a horse. Sam agrees to introduce them to Lincoln, but is injured at the mill. They take him back to his cabin and try to help him with his chores. When Sam's father comes home with a new stepmother and stepsiblings for Sam, he gives Jack and Annie a quill he uses for his school work. When the two travel back to the White House, Lincoln recognizes them as the children he met long ago, and Jack uses the quill to write an encouraging message to the president.
Strengths: This is a nice introduction to how hard Lincoln's boyhood was, and well as how busy he was as president.
This is a nice introduction to how hard Lincoln's boyhood was, and well as how busy he was as president.
I enjoy how the author allows the reader to experience Abe Lincoln as the President as well as a child. If Jack and Annie had recognized him as a child or knew his siblings there would have been no story line. Most children who would be reading this book would not be familiar with Abe Lincoln's entire history, so I felt like it was a good introduction to who he was. I felt like it opened the door for conversation and curiosity for my 5 year old daughter.