Can't believe it has been so long since I've posted a Tuesday Treasures! My only excuse is
Helen Nicolay, the author, was the daughter of Abraham Lincoln's secretary, John G. Nicolay. You can read more about them here. Very interesting-- especially the part about Mary Todd Lincoln not trusting Mr. Nicolay. Bet there is a good story there.
Anyhoo, back to Helen: As a young woman, she took dictation for her father's ten volume biography of Lincoln. Following her father's death, she began writing her own books of history and biography, as well as becoming a recognized artist. This talented lady wrote many books for children to make 'history seem alive and interesting to young people'.
Helen sure succeeded with this one. It is very engaging and informative and I lost myself in several chapters!
The book is loaded with compelling black and white illustrations. Here are a few...
'He borrowed every book in the neighborhood.' Gotta love a bookworm!
"He always brought a cheery atmosphere into the dining-room." Lincoln told great stories and loved to jest. If political dicussions became too hot, he was able to soothe any ruffled feathers.
I didn't get a photo of Lincoln scything hay/wheat but apparently politicians were expected to prove their muscle and mettle out on the campaign trail. Lincoln won many a vote by helping out farmers or joining a game of quoits.