Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln Illustrated by Valentina Belloni Albert Whitman and Company, 2016. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
In 1856, women’s job opportunities were limited, but Kate Warne convinces Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a woman detective. She proves an asset in her ability to gather secrets and goes to Baltimore to try and uncover a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on his way to his inauguration. Kate does a fantastic job and is able to help sneak Lincoln through the town and arrive safely in Washington, DC.
Kate Warne’s story is a great addition to the women studies type books coming out lately. Her strong and courageous character helped save Lincoln and her example made it so other women were able to become detectives. The illustrations were bright and clear, but they seemed a bit cartoon-ish for the seriousness of the story.
EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.