Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country)
Author: Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer
Illustrator: Stacy Innerst
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books/Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2010
Brief Summary: A light-hearted biography of President Lincoln that looks at how he uses humor and wit in even the direst situations.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, March 22, 2010 ; Cahners
- School Library Journal Book Review Stars, March 2010 ; Cahners
- Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2010 ; Smithsonian Magazine
- Discussion of President Lincoln; pair with another informational book on his life — maybe one that looks more formal, with charts, timelines, and other typical features of non-fiction book. Which one do the children prefer?
- How have you used laughter in your life? Have you ever used jokes to help lighten the mood or help make a serious situation less stressful or upsetting?
- Discuss some of President Lincoln’s jokes included in this book…what do they mean?
- People teased the president about his height but he made light of it by making jokes about himself. Is there something about you that people teased you about? How does that make you feel?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Social studies: presidents
- informational books and features
- Language arts — telling jokes, word play
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. References in the back
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library