Young Abe Lincoln is all dressed up in his best suit and on his way to deliver an important speech. As he walks along, he finds a pig stuck in a mudhole. Abe hates to see any animal suffer. If he helps the pig, his clothes will get muddy. What would people think of a mud-covered speaker? Abe doesn't want to leave the pig stranded, but he has no other nice clothes to wear. So, he continues down the road toward town, feeling guilty. He knows a pig isn't a person, yet it still seems wrong not to help. Stephen Krensky, the popular author of the Lionel books, bases this story on an old folk tale about the former president. It provides a gentle lesson about making sacrifices to help others. Ed Sala's homespun narration carries listeners back to another time.
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"This small anecdote--a folktale about young Abe Lincoln's encounter with a muddy pig--is enhanced with facts that young historians will find engaging. Who wouldn't be impressed by Lincoln's nonchalant attitude toward a 34-mile walk just to hear a lawyer's speech? Ed Sala's narration has an old-fashioned quality that suits the material, and his pacing is appropriate for younger listeners. Older listeners may be distracted by Sala's odd habit of sighing in the middle of a phrase, although children are unlikely to notice. In any case, this story provides a healthy dose of biographical information while suggesting an important lesson: It matters more what you have to say than how you look while you say it. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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