Donna Janell Bowman is the author of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness and Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words . She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Texas.
Abraham Lincoln's Dueling Words:
Abraham Lincoln was known for his sense of humor. But in 1842, early in his adult life, it nearly got him into trouble. He had to use his imagination to save his career--and maybe even his life. When Abraham Lincoln became frustrated with the actions of James Shield, a political rival, he came up with a plan. It was silly. It was clever. And it was a great big mistake! Lincoln, his future wife, and a friend of hers wrote a series of fictional letters to the editor, complaining about Shields. But when Shields took offense, he challenged Lincoln to a duel. How would our future president straighten things out and save the lives and careers of both himself and his rival?
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness:
A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century.