Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln
Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln

Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln

Written by Shari Swanson & illustrated by Chuck Groenink
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Jan 14, 2020
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The story of Honey the dog provides a focused anecdote to introduce readers to Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong love and respectful treatment of animals.

As the thorough timeline and endnotes explain, Abraham Lincoln believed that “[e]ven an ant values its life,” and Lincoln cherished animals his whole life, from his backwoods cabin in Kentucky all the way to the White House. When as an adventurous and free spirited boy Lincoln discovers Honey the dog with a broken leg in the woods, the resourceful young woodsman uses a stick and “the soft bark off a pawpaw bush” to set the dog’s leg with a splint. He insists to his mother, who is unsurprised to see her son arrive at the door late and with another stray animal, that he believes that Honey will “do lots of good things” for him. And when the (perhaps too) free-spirited Lincoln again ventures off, this time, without having informed anyone of where he was going, wandering deeper and deeper into a cave until he is eventually trapped behind a boulder, his prophecy proves true as Honey is able to lead villagers to him, and he is ultimately rescued. A valuable contribution to children’s literature detailing various parts of the sixteenth president’s life, this story is particularly unique as it’s based on an oral history of Lincoln shared by his childhood friend, Austin Gollaher. Groenink presents the story in digital illustrations that are simple and match the tone of a young Lincoln.

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  • Abraham Lincoln is an adventurous young boy, but his exploring causes him to get stuck in a cave without anyone besides his dog, Honey, knowing where he is. While happily he is saved, what lessons about safety in the outdoors can be learned from his experience?
  • Lincoln loved and was very kind to animals throughout his life. He even kept many animals at the White House when he was president. What is your favorite kind of animal, and why?


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Book Details

Publication Date
January 14, 2020
Katherine Tegen Books
Illustration Details
The artist used Photoshop to create the digital illustrations for this book.
Page Count
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Reading Age
4 - 8 years
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