Lincoln: A Photobiography

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




Newbery Medal and Honors

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Photographs of dead soldiers; description of war and death. Lincoln's assassination is described. Lincoln and his wife suffer the loss of two children. The responsibility for the Civil War rests heavily on Lincoln's shoulders.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that with the use of black-and-white historical photographs and reproduced nineteenth-century art, Freedman has created a superbly handsome biography.

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What's the story?

From beginning to end, Abraham Lincoln's life was full of grit, drama and glory. From his hardscrabble beginnings though perhaps the most heartrending trauma this country has ever known, Freedman shows the real Lincoln, public and private. Seeing Lincoln at home and in his private moments, readers will understand his depth as a man and as a leader.

Is it any good?


Although Abraham Lincoln was a complicated man, Russell Freedman 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Lincoln and his accomplishments. What do you think of the changes Lincoln brought about in America? Does this book help you better understand the issues he faced as president?

Book details

Author:Russell Freedman
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Children's Books
Publication date:January 1, 1972
Number of pages:150
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Award:Newbery Medal and Honors

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Teen, 14 years old Written bytj1230 March 17, 2009

its goooood

it is a good time waster
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Assignment for springfield

This book is great but the binding stinks! EVERY SINGLE PAGE FELL OUT OF THE BOOK!!! The facts themselfs were acurate and a great help to understang this great heroic figure!
Kid, 9 years old April 10, 2009


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