He Has Shot the President!: April 14, 1865 : the Day John Wilkes Booth killed President Lincoln by Don Brown

He has shot the president book cover: resembles a front page newspaper headline. Pencil and watercoloring of lincoln looking over his shoulder towards a man coming through the opening in the curtains“Millions viewed the dead president at funeral stops or stood vigils for a glimpse of the slowly moving train that carried him home.  By the time Lincoln reached Springfield, one in four of all Americans had paid their respects.”

Did you know that Booth had several accomplices?  That there were supposed to be three simultaneous murders but two didn’t happen?  Brown conveys more facts and details in this transitional chapter book than most other history books written for kids.  It covers the full sequence of events beginning with the radical Confederates’ hard feelings at the end of the Civil War through Booth’s dramatic manhunt and capture.

Readers in grades 3 – 6 will enjoy learning more about this important historic event through Brown’s accessible text and effective illustrations, whether they are young history buffs or older reluctant readers.  Warning: this telling depicts violence (hatred, the shooting, a stabbing).  If you like Brown’s style as much as I do, check out his other books as well!

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Mary Jo, Kids World