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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek
A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend)
Written by Deborah HopkinsonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by John HendrixAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by John Hendrix
| Schwartz & Wade | Hardcover | September 2008 | $17.99 | 978-0-375-83768-5 (0-375-83768-X)
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Now, I’m sure you know lots about Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States. But what you might not know is that Abe would never have become president if it hadn’t been for Austin Gollaher.
The year is 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin Gollaher, is ten. Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don’t know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won’t tell you what happens, but let’s just say that our country wouldn’t be the same if Austin hadn’t been there to help his friend.
An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book
A Booklist Editors’ Choice
A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
“Rewarding on many levels, this high-spirited picture book is an engaging example of metafiction for the younger set.”Booklist, Starred
“A lively, participatory tale. . . . This is a book you should add to your shelves.” —School Library Journal, Starred
“It’s a winner.”The Bulletin, Starred


Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2008:
"What you can know for sure is that this is a book you should add to your shelves."

Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, October 2008:
"[J]ust how do you handle a legend? Deborah Hopkinson has found a way, and it's a winner."

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2008:
"This unusual and often amusing picture book offers much more than an illustrated reminiscence."


Deborah Hopkinson is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig; Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book; and Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit her at

John Hendrix has collaborated with Deborah Hopkinson on one previous title, A Boy Called Dickens, which was named a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. He has also written and illustrated several picture books, among them Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus; Shooting at the Stars; and John Brown: His Fight for Freedom. Learn more at


WINNER 2008 - Booklist Children's Editors' Choice
WINNER 2008 - Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
SUBMITTED - Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
WINNER - Junior Library Guild Selection
WINNER - ALA Notable Children's Book
NOMINEE - Oregon Book Award
WINNER - ALA Notable Children's Book
NOMINEE - New York State Charlotte Award
NOMINEE - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
NOMINEE - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
NOMINEE - Indiana Young Hoosier Award
NOMINEE - Nebraska Golden Sower Award
NOMINEE - Montana Treasure State Award