While the Union and Confederacy were engaged in a bloody war, President Abraham Lincoln signed an important document, which he had often agonized over—the Emancipation Proclamation. His decision freed all the slaves in those areas of the United States still in rebellion. The author asks the reader what they would do if faced with the important decisions that were made during the Civil War.
Denver Public Schools
— (January 4, 2010)
"Teachers will appreciate the authenticity of this book. Students who are studying the Civil War will find this a thought provoking text."
Highlands Regional Library Cooperative
— (May 19, 2008)
". . . acts as a great discussion starter for the classroom."
Killeen Independent School District
— (February 22, 2008)
"This book is wonderful. It challenges the reader's mind . . . This book would make a great discussion topic . . . The format is clear and understandable."
Library Media Connection
— (August/September 2008)
". . . the writing is clear, concise, and thought-provoking . . . This problem-solving approach would be useful at middle school, and, with guidance, at fourth and fifth grade. For a curriculum that requires close study of a moment in American history, this series is a good choice."
Omaha Public Schools
— (January 2009)
"This would be a very good book to have for younger students or for those who need explanations simplified."
Denton Independent School District
— (January 5, 2009)
"This book goes into depth without overwhelming the reader."
Lubbock Independent School District
"A wonderful way to promote critical thinking skills in students. Easy-to-read text and wonderful historical pictures make this book a wonderful addition to any elementary library."
— (April 2010)
". . . an excellent resource for teachers to use in the classroom."
Association of Region XI School Libraries
"It not only informs the reader of actual events but encourages them to use critical thinking to come up with a solution to a problem while guiding them through the process."
The Horn Book Guide
— (Fall 2008)
"A clear, conversational text explains both the Northern and Southern perspectives on slavery and the decisions facing President Lincoln and his Congress."
Arlington Independent School District
— (April 23, 2008)
"This title presents the history of slavery . . . in a very interesting, highly readable format . . . Continuing in easy to understand chronological order, both sides of the slavery issue are addressed in an historical context . . . This fresh format in history non-fiction is welcome!"
South Sound Book Review Council
— (October 15, 2008)
"Elaine Landau’s format engages the kids in problem solving questions through every chronological event surrounding this historical proclamation . . . Enslow has a winner . . . in time for Lincoln’s 200th anniversary of his birth."
Delaware County Library System
— (July 29, 2008)
"A successful learning device."
— (Winter 2008)
". . . provides a valuable lesson for elementary school-age readers, a chance to experience how political decisions are made and to develop their decision-making skills through the experience of others in history."
School Library Journal
— (September 2008)
"Landau employs an engaging format to involve readers in historical turning points . . . this title is an accessible and appealing introduction."
— (May 2008)
". . . offers students in grades 3-4 an outstanding opportunity to not just read about Lincoln’s decisions, but involves students in the process."
Garland Independent School District
— (January 9, 2009)
". . . this book is well suited to both elementary and middle school libraries."
TriState Young Adult Book Reivew Committee
— (May 2008)
"This text is crisply written and fully illustrated . . . this particular format of colored pictures, multi shaped pictures, boxed questions, and primary source illustrations will appeal to readers . . . a very well written book that will relate well to many young readers."
Award-winning author Elaine Landau has written more than two hundred books for children. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism and an MLS in Library and Information Science.
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