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Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance by Frances Cavanah

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~WEEKLY READER~

Children's Book Club

Education Center . Columbus 16, Ohio

PRESENTS

~Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance~

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_by_ ~FRANCES CAVANAH~

_illustrated by_ Paula Hutchison

RAND McNALLY & COMPANY

CHICAGO . NEW YORK . SAN FRANCISCO

_This book is dedicated to my grandnephew_

~PHILIP JAN NADELMAN~

~WEEKLY READER Children's Book Club Edition, 1959~

COPYRIGHT (c) 1959 BY RAND McNALLY & COMPANY

COPYRIGHT 1959 UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT UNION

BY RAND McNALLY & COMPANY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

PRINTED IN U.S.A.

BY AMERICAN BOOK-STRATFORD PRESS, INC., N.Y.

A LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG CARD NUMBER: 59-5789

In writing this story of Abraham Lincoln, the author depended primarily on Lincoln's own statements and on the statements of his family and friends who had firsthand knowledge of his everyday life. In instances when dialogue had to be imagined, the conversation might logically have taken place in the light of known circumstances. Such descriptive details as were necessarily added were based on authentic accounts of pioneer times.

F.C.

[Illustration] [Illustration: Map of States where Lincoln was born and lived]

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There was a new boy baby at the Lincoln cabin! By cracky! thought Dennis Hanks as he hurried up the path, he was going to like having a boy cousin. They could go swimming together. Maybe they could play Indian. Dennis pushed open the cabin door.

"Where is he?" he shouted. "Where is he?"

"Sh!" A neighbor, who had come in to help, put her finger to her lips. "The baby is asleep."

Nancy Lincoln was lying on the pole bed in a corner of the one-room house. She looked very white under the dark bearskin covering, but when she heard Dennis she raised her head. "It's all right, Denny," she said. "You can see him now."

Dennis tiptoed over to the bed. A small bundle, wrapped in a homespun shawl, rested in the curve of Nancy's arm. When she pulled back the shawl, Dennis could not think of anything to say. The baby was so wrinkled and so red. It looked just like a cherry after the juice had been squeezed out.


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