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Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Fall 2016 Fiction
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763673116
Hardcover Price: $14.99

Baby Lincoln has had a strange dream; she was sitting on a train, taking a very exciting "necessary" journey. In the dream, Baby Lincoln was excited and happy. But when she wakes up, her older sister Eugenia is bossing her around just like she always does, telling Baby Lincoln to do all kinds of things she does not want to do, and forbidding her to do what she likes.

Baby Lincoln appears to be in her seventies, yet Eugenia is still running her life. She decides it is about time she took a real journey, like the one in her dream. She isn't sure where she is going. But once she gets on the train, she finds that the people she meets-the man who gives her the comics pages of the newspaper (forbidden by Eugenia), the young woman who gives her jellybeans (also forbidden by Eugenia) and the lonely little boy who wants to cuddle up and hear a story-are worth the journey.

The secondary characters are portrayed with well chosen, illuminating details; Stella, the little girl who guides Baby to the train station, narrates exactly what each person in her family does on family trips, and harrumphs that she never gets to navigate. Chris Van Dusen's charming black and white illustrations are expressive, communicating the relationships Baby develops with each person she encounters along the way.

This sweet, funny early chapter book will appeal to all children who fear that their siblings will be intolerably bossy forever.

Naomi Lesley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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