Lincoln Tells a Joke: Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer

 

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:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • 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

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John, Paul, George & Ben: Lane Smith

 

John, Paul, George & Ben 

Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Hyperion
Publication Year: 2006
Brief Summary: A tongue-in-cheek look into the idiosyncrasies of the 5 little boys who were to become America’s Founding Fathers.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

 Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Who are John, Paul, George, Ben, and Tom?  (John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson)  Discuss the term “Founding Fathers” and why we called them this.  Discuss the history surrounding the revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence
  • What are the boys’ individual traits?  How did their particular personality help during America’s road to independence, according to the book?
  • Fact vs. fiction: look up some of the details in the book to see if they are true or false (some are provided in the back)

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, Founding Fathers, first president, etc.
  • Informational vs. narrative books/facts vs. fiction

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Facts vs. fiction notes at the end of the book
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

So You Want to Be President: Judith St. George

So You Want to Be President

Author: Judith St. George
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Year: 2000
Brief Summary: Children learn interesting and fun facts/trivia about past presidents (from George Washington to Bill Clinton).

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Unit on presidents — surprising/fun facts
  • Make a chart about the advantages and disadvantages of being a president…can you think of other ones that the author didn’t mention?
  • How many of you think you might want to be president?  If not, what do you want to be when you grow up?  What do you do in that occupation?  What do you think you’ll need to do to prepare for that role?  Write about your dream job.

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Social studies: occupations, presidents
  • Text-to-self connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library