Lincoln: A Photobiography

Book review by
Whitney Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Illustrates Lincoln's depth as a man and a leader.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages



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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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAlidavis January 7, 2019

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.
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byBlueJade November 17, 2009

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 ha... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBrigidArmbrust May 28, 2018
Kid, 9 years old April 10, 2009

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?

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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  • 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?

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