Time to talk about another favorite of mine, Deborah Hopkinson.
I first realized what a great writer Hopkinson was when I read Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek. It tells of a harrowing incident where a young Abe Lincoln almost drowned in Knob Creek, Kentucky. I love reading this story aloud, I get to use my quasi-southern accent (my husband and I lived in Kentucky for 4 years.) Abe is saved by his good friend but that friend does not figure into Abe’s later life. This quote from that story sums it up perfectly:
Hopkinson is quite a prolific writer and I’m excited to buy some new titles next school year. Here are a few on my wish list:
I think if you give these books a try, you’ll find a great story mixed with history is an unbeatable combination.