Voyages (Hardcover)

Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln

By Neil Waldman

Calkins Creek, 9781590784716, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

List Price: 16.95*
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Through three voyages on the Mississippi River, a young Abraham Lincoln matures in the world and gives careful consideration to the issue of slavery. Travel with young Abraham Lincoln as he journeys up and down the "Father of Waters." Sit alongside him as he navigates his flatboat over dams, past currents, and through shallow water. Sail with him to the bustling port of New Orleans and back to his home up north. Along the way, you'll share his deepest thoughts and witness his struggle with the pressing ethical question of his day—whether slavery should be abolished. You'll come to understand how Abraham Lincoln grew from a naïve, idealistic teenager into one of the greatest, most passionate thinkers the United States has ever known. Neil Waldman relied on primary resources to tell the story of young Abe Lincoln. His well-researched illustrations in watercolors, acrylics, pencil, and pen and ink offer a moving portrait of Lincoln and his times.

About the Author

Neil Waldman has written and illustrated more than fifty books for young people. His books have received the Christopher Award, the National Jewish Book Award, the ALA Notable Children's Book Award, and the Parents' Choice Award, among others. His jacket illustrations have appeared on seven Newbery Award winners. His memoir, Out of the Shadows: An Artist's Journey, chronicles the story of how three of four Waldman children grew up to become artists. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

Praise For Voyages: Reminiscences of Young Abe Lincoln

"Imagine finding an old journal in the attic, a journal with pages worn and brown with age and written by Abraham Lincoln. That's the feeling readers will have when they pick up this handsome volume. (author's note, annotated sources)" --Kirkus Reviews

"Offers both a quick read and extensive opportunities for study and discussion." --Booklist