Monday, February 21, 2011

the boy who loved books

Of all that I have studied and learned about the great Abraham Lincoln over a lifetime, it was a children's picture book that helped me see past the almost mythic hero and connect to him in an ordinary, human way. Young Abe Lincoln, author Kay Winters tells us, loved to read and was seldom without a book in hand. This thread can be followed from his humble Kentucky childhood all the way to the White House. It's how he developed an immense vocabulary, a love of language and a gift for putting ideas into words in his own unique voice. Words which would one day empower him during the most famous political debate in American history and later in crafting the Emancipation Proclamation. A constant in Abraham Lincoln's brief but amazing life, prodigious reading is a common thread that weaves throughout the lives of most great thinkers and doers. Somewhere, right now, another child is falling in love with words. Words that will one day, if cultivated, have the power to change the world.

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