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Parents' Guide to

Lincoln: A Photobiography

By Whitney Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Illustrates Lincoln's depth as a man and a leader.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Excellent book

We used this for a book report and I read it with my son. We both really liked it and learned alot about Lincoln.
age 8+

Wonderful Lincoln biography for children with photographs

Abraham Lincoln fascinates many Americans. This book is filled with photographs that help tell about Lincoln's life. Freedman is a good writer as well having a good eye to know which photographs to use. Photography, particular news photography, was a new medium during the Civil War so these images are some of the first of that show what war was like in the United States. Biographies have come a long way and Freedman's book is one of the best to show what a great biography for kids can be. The Common Sense reviewer thinks this book is for 11 and above but many kids are going to learn about Lincoln much earlier in school. Some of the text may be a little difficult for 8+, but they will certainly learn a lot from, and connect with, the photographs.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Russell Freedman deftly digs through layers of hero worship and reveals the unpolished, moody, intelligent, and tenderhearted man who was one of America's most important presidents. Freedman understands child readers as well as he understands history and writing. Although he covers hefty political and social material, he does not mire himself in detail. He knows when to add an explanation and when to keep his sentences short and to the point.

The issues surrounding slavery in 19th-century America are not always fully explained in children's literature. Young readers often understand only that people were for or against it. Freedman accurately portrays the thorny problems that challenged Abraham Lincoln and the country in the mid-1800s. Children who read this book will gain an understanding of some of the personal, economic, and political ramifications of slavery and liberty. In the final chapter, Lincoln's assassination is described vividly but without exaggeration. Details of the final acts of Lincoln's life and of his burial are quietly moving.

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