FREE SPEECH ZONE | “B is for Battle Cry” Teaches Children about Lincoln’s Time

As the parents of four grown children, my husband and I enjoyed sharing our interests with them, and searched for ways to incorporate what they learned at school into our daily activities. Museums, festivals, parks, library visits, are not only treasured memories for us, but helped our children find their path to academic success.Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. The opinions expressed in the Free Speech Zone and Neighborhood Notes, as well as the opinions of bloggers, are their own and not necessarily the opinion of the TC Daily Planet. Parents who are looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln opening in theaters this month, can share their excitement about this time in history and this great president with their children through the book B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet, written by Minnesota author Patricia Bauer and published by Sleeping Bear Press (2009). The book, beautifully illustrated by Bauer’s husband, David Geister, describes the people, places and events of the Civil War, in easy-to-understand alphabetic verse for the younger reader, while text in the margin gives additional information to older children and adults. Geister’s full-page paintings depict the four years of bloody conflict in a manner that conveys both the emotions and gravity of the times, but with subject matter suitable for young children. Continue Reading