The Power of the Penny: Abraham Lincoln Inspires a Nation
Elaina Redmond
Spencer Publishing (2009)
ISBN 9780981551500
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 7) for Reader Views (12/09)


“The Power of the Penny: Abraham Lincoln Inspires a Nation” by Elaina Redmond is a book meant to inspire people to be nice and to be like Lincoln.  The penny is a good reminder of Lincoln, of liberty, of faith (because it says “In God We Trust”), and of each person’s importance (because it says “E Pluribus Unum” which means “Out of One, Many”).

The second half of the book is activities.  The first activity is to “Say three reasons why you think you are special and what you like most about yourself.”  Another activity is to “Describe a dream or a passion you want to live.”  I didn’t find the activities very interesting.

The illustrations were pretty good and very colorful.  If I had to give the illustrations a rating I would give them 4 out of 5.

I have a hard time recommending this book.  When I read a book I want to be entertained and I want to learn something.  For a book to be good it needs to have at least one of those two things.  This book didn’t really have either.  This book really had no information about Lincoln or the penny.  “The Power of the Penny” by Elaina Redmond was mostly about how people should behave.


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