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Children's Books
08-26-2017, 07:14 AM
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RE: Children's Books
A Child's History Of the Life Of Abraham Lincoln - Told In One Syllable Words, by Harriet Putnam

Originally published in 1905. Several re-published editions, mine is a hardcover from 1999 by Mantle Ministries (and a good quality reprint)
About 140 pages with several nice illustrations.

Ms. Putnam wrote several children's book. I was unable to find out anything about her online. This was written as a series of similar books for early readers. Actually they are not all one syllable words. Words of more than one syllable are hyphenated. For example, Abraham Lincoln is A-bra-ham Lin-coln and
Pennsylvania is Penn-syl-va-ni-a.

There are a few questionable statements in the book. Thomas Lincoln is said to be a poor provider. Consider you have two adults and several hungry teenagers for a total of 9 people (more on occasion), you can imagine what the grocery bill would be today.
In the book, Nancy passes away before her aunt and uncle, the Sparrows, who all died of the milk sickness. In reality, she was trying to care for them when they died. Also the book has Abraham Lincoln writing the Gettysburg address on scraps of paper while riding on the train. No mention of Ann Rutledge, the Civil War years are covered well, but little about the family life.

An unusual detail, Mrs. Putnam uses the word "score" frequently when referring to periods of time.

It is available on line at

Because there are so many different editions of this book, prices vary considerably, this is the one I purchased (in very good condition for $7.55)

Not to be confused with "The Children's Life of Abraham Lincoln" by M. Louise Putnam and published 1892. It is a much longer book and for a little older age group.

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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