When Abraham Talked to Trees by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000.
This is a story about how Abraham Lincoln developed his skill at public discourse. Abraham loved to talk, and he read considerable to learn stories. He would tell the stories to his family. Sometimes they would listen. Other times they might become bored. Abraham would talk anyway; whether to his family, friends or the trees.