Abe Lincoln, The boy who loved books ~ READ ALOUD | Story time with Ann Marie
booksby kay winters and nancy carpenter in the wilds of kentucky 1809 a boy was born his mother called him abraham his last name
lincolnhis bed was made from corn husks his covers skins from bears his cabin built with logs from towering trees apes said his first words in that one room cabin took his first steps on a hard dirt floor a wood fire chased the cold and cooked corn prone the door swung open shut on leather hinges a tiny window looked out on his world when he was two his folks packed their a few goods moved abe and sister sarah to nob creek the cumberland trail ran close to their new cabin abe saw peddlers pioneers politicians traders slaves passed by as abe grew he talked to travelers heard where they'd been where they were going he saw their world was wider than his own his ideas stretched his questions rose his dreams were stirred at school he worked with numbers one to ten he shaped his letters a to z with a charcoal stick he wrote them down day in day out in school at home in dust and snow on logs of wood the letters cast a magic spell he
lovedto learn his parents had no schooling but when day was done the family sat close by the fire his mother shared the bible stories she knew by heart his father spun yarns told jokes and made them laugh when abe was seven the family moved again the
lincolnset out one december morning their bits and pieces piled on two stout...
horses they walked and rode a hundred miles to indiana they crossed the ohio river on a makeshift ferry abe helped his father hack a trail through forests thick with trees and tangled vines until at last they came to land they claimed no cabin waited on little pigeon creek instead a half-faced camp of branches twigs and logs was where they had to stay one side opened wide to wilderness the family kept the wood pile stacked the blazing fire scared off wild animals that roamed the woods bears growled wolves howled panthers screamed abe shivered dark was a fearsome
timethen settlers came to help the family raise a home now abe and sarah had a loft to call their own abe
lovedto climb up to his sleeping place but snow and wind blew through the cabin's cracks the outside crept indoors and iced the walls just once abe shot a turkey in the woods but not again he bowed he would not take the breath from living things when abe was eight he helped his father clear their land he learned to swing an axe and fell and fell the trees but he longed to learn from
booksgo back to school when abe turned nine dark days fell upon him mild sickness took his mother to her grave abe whittled pegs to put in her pine coffin his grief so deep he could not speak her name a year limped by his father went to find a wife he brought back a widow with three children her heart so wide she took in abe and sarah as her kin and she owned
booksso she let ape
readwhen chores were done once more their...
house of logs became a home she sent the children back to school abe wore two short buck skins and a raccoon cap he drew his letters with a turkey buzzed quill abraham
lincolnhis hand in pen he will be good but god knows when he learned to add subtract on planks of wood but most of all he
readwin spelling bees spin yarns tell tales when school was shut abe hired out to farmers his father kept the earnings for the family abe split trails dug wells chopped trees but all the while he worked he yearned to learn to anyone who would listen he liked to say the things i want to know are in
booksonce rain leaked through the cabin roof and soaked a book he'd borrowed for three hot days abe pulled stalks of corn in his friend's field to pay him back when abe plowed a book sat in his back pocket at each row's end he'd take it out and
readhis horse would wait for him to turn the page the neighbors shook their heads and called him lazy they did not understand this bookish boy abe knew he must move on out of the wilderness splitting rails and plowing land was not his dream at 19 he pulled a flat boat down the river saw people and places beyond back woods saw black men women and their children bound in chains a sign above their heads
readauction block a life for sale like hatchet axe or plow abe knew it was unjust to own another new salem illinois was where abe settled a hundred folk or more lived in this place he hired on to run the general store folks liked...
to tell that once he overcharged someone's sixth sense but honest abe walked miles to give it back even here abe was asked to prove his worth with brawn not brains the owner of abe's store set up a wrestling match against the leader of a wild and rowdy gang reluctantly abe took jack armstrong on some said that a pin jacked to the floor others swore armstrong beat abe with a trick but when jack saw abe's strength he shook his hand and they became close friends in years to come by firelight he studied law without a teacher soon he became a lawyer in the courts abe saw that words could free or jail a man he found that words could change the way folks thought when politics began to call his name abe aimed his words at wrongs he'd like to write friends said that he should run for public office he tried for congress first but then the senate at last he ran for the highest office in the land abraham