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New Review Tuesday: Honest Abe

What a moment in history we celebrate today, witnessing Barack Obama take his oath of office upon the same Bible President Lincoln used in 1861.

This month in Instructor, I review some of the fabulous Lincoln books that publishers have released in honor of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth on February 12.

There were so many outstanding titles, I couldn't fit them all into the magazine. Here are two more new Lincoln books worth checking out:

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Chasing Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson, is a riveting look for upper-elementary and middle school readers at the chase and pursuit of John Wilkes Booth. Swanson tells the story as a fast-paced mystery/adventure, but stays extremely close to the facts, using only actual dialogue and testimony from witnesses and primary source material.

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The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, by Candace Fleming, offers upper-elementary kids several ways in to the lives of our 16th president and his wife. Fleming uses letters, photographs, cartoons, and engravings, as well as captivating text, to tell the stories of the famous couple. Kids will feel as if they're receiving a VIP museum tour as they read.

Will you be honoring Abe's 200th birthday in your classroom? How will you celebrate? Please share in the comments.

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