George, Thomas, and Abe!: The Step into Reading Presidents Story Collection
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This collection features three of our most popular biographies: Washington, the stoic general with a soft spot for animals; Jefferson, the brilliant statesman who was a foodie at heart, and Lincoln, the absentminded lawyer whose compassionate caseload foretold his presidency. Beginning readers will learn about little-known, illuminating events in the earlier years of these extraordinary men and how, long before entering the White House, they lived lives filled with intelligence, courage, and kindness--the hallmarks of a great president.
camp. The battle was over for the day. The smoke began to clear. George noticed a dog without a soldier. It looked lost. George bent down and patted the dog’s head. The dog followed George back to the colonists’ camp. He wagged his tail. Whose dog is this? wondered George. George looked at the dog’s collar. The tag had a man’s name on it. That name was William Howe. William Howe!? George couldn’t believe his eyes! William Howe was the enemy! Word about the enemy dog
sometimes Thomas Jefferson got tired. Sometimes his back hurt. And sometimes he got hungry. When that happened… …he usually took a break and had a snack. Because Thomas Jefferson really, really loved food! Thomas liked food so much, he sometimes spent as much as 50 dollars on groceries in just one day! (That would be like spending 750 dollars today!) Thomas also spent a lot of time thinking about food. He even thought about better ways to get food! Sometimes Thomas Jefferson got
apples. (Especially on pizza!) Today, we still eat many of the foods Thomas Jefferson brought from France. Only now we call “potatoes fried in the French manner” French fries. And we call love apples tomatoes! (Macaroni and cheese is still called macaroni and cheese, and ice cream is still called ice cream!) For Daniel and David —M.B. Photograph credits: Duff Armstrong: Lincoln’s New State Historic Site and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln,
Abe remembered. The letter was still in his old hat! Many towns in Illinois had no lawyers and no judges. So every spring and fall, a judge and some lawyers traveled from town to town. Abe went too. He packed his hat with papers, his checkbook, and a handkerchief. At the head of the parade of lawyers rode the judge. No one could miss him. He weighed over 300 pounds. Two horses pulled his buggy. Abe’s horse was skinny and slow. His name was Old Buck. Abe and Old Buck
“Yes,” the man repeated. Then Abe held up a famous book of facts. It said there was NO moon in the sky at the time of the fight! Now no one believed the man anymore. The judge set Duff free! Abe believed slavery was wrong. His state had laws against it. But the laws were not clear. Many blacks were treated like slaves. Nance was one of them. She worked for a storekeeper who sold her to another man. This man treated Nance badly. So she would not work for him. Abe argued