February 12: GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL

 George Ferris
b. February 14, 1859
d. November 22, 1896

GEORGE FERRIS: WHAT A WHEEL
(Grosset & Dunlap, 2014)
by Barbara Lowell
illustrated by Jerry Hoare

Summary: George Ferris, ever confident, didn’t know that the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair would make him famous, but when engineers were challenged to build something original and unique, he knew he was the person to create it. George had to convince the fair officials, find the money and design and build an amusement wheel that could hold 2,160 people at the same time, something no one had ever done before.

February 12: HE HAS SHOT THE PRESIDENT. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
b. February 12, 1809
d. April 15, 1865

HE HAS SHOT THE PRESIDENT (Roaring Brook Press, 2014)

Overview

The headline shocked the nation: President Lincoln Shot by Assassin John Wilkes Booth! One of the most exciting stories in American history told with full color illustrations.
The fifth installment in Don Brown’s Actual Times series featuring significant days in American history covers the Lincoln assassination and ensuing manhunt. In He Has Shot the President!, both Lincoln and Booth emerge as vivid characters, defined by the long and brutal Civil War and set on a collision course toward tragedy. With his characteristic straightforward storytelling voice and dynamic watercolor illustration, Don Brown gives readers a chronological account of the events and also captures the emotion of the death of America’s greatest president.
Read more about Abraham Lincoln here. 

FEBRUARY 12 BIRTHDAY: LOOKING AT LINCOLN

Abraham Lincoln
Feb. 12, 1809- April 15, 1865

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
(Nancy Paulsen Books 2012)

A narrative biography, as told through the eyes of a fictional young contemporary character whose wonderings about Lincoln lead to insights into the man’s life and his impact on the U.S.

February 12 Birthday: THE LINCOLNS: A SCRAPBOOK LOOK AT ABRAHAM AND MARY

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
Feb. 12, 1809-Apr. 14, 1865

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade, 2008)

Everything you ever wanted to know about Abraham Lincoln is in this picture book biography including his narrow escape from drowning at age seven. Photographs, newspaper clippings and handwritten letters are just some of the items dotted across the pages in this book. An extensive resource section at the back of the book gives young readers many more places to explore and learn about America’s sixteenth president.

February 12 Birthday: ABE LINCOLN CROSSES A CREEK: A TALL THIN TALE

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
Feb. 12, 1809-Apr. 14, 1865

Abe Lincoln Crosses A Creek: A Tall Thin Tale (Introducing his Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by John Hendrix (Schwartz & Wade, 2008)

This fictionalized account about young Abe (age seven) and his real life friend Austin and how Austin saves Abe’s life when he falls off a log trying to cross Knob Creek. An author’s note at the back of the book reveals the genesis of this story.