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In Thomas and Nancy Lincoln's home in Nolin Creek on February 12,1809, Nancy gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Abraham Lincoln. This was their second child, their first being a girl named Sarah.
When Abe attended his first school in Knob Creek he was excited to learn. However, he was considered slow by some people because he took his time and made sure he fully understood one topic before he would move onto the next.
Their mother Nancy was able to read, but not write. When all of the work was done for the day and the kids were out of school for different seasons, Nancy would read with them at night gathered around the fire. She helped them sound out new letters and words.
On October 5, 1818 Abe's mother passed away from milk sickness. His family did not know how to go on without her. They all became very sad and distant. Abe and Sarah were not in school and their father was not giving them the attention that their mother had.
HIs father knew they could not go on like this so in November he left for Kentucky to find a wife. When his father returned in December he had a woman named Sally and her three children with him. Sarah and Abe's cousin immediately took to Sally. Abe on the other hand was not so sure about her, he took time to warm up to things. Little did he know this woman would change his life for the better.
Sally brought back the life in the Lincoln family. But for Abe she did even more. She gave him great books to read, made studies a priority for him, and got him back into school. Abe felt happy again and because of her push for education and love for him, he became the prestigious leader we know and love.
George, J. (2008). Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner. New York: Philomel Books
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