Lincoln: A Photobiography
Lincoln: A Photobiography

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Annotation: Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #177350
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 1987
Edition Date: 1987
Pages: 150 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-395-51848-2 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-5410-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-395-51848-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-5410-6
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 86033379
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
This Newbery Award-winning study of our 16th president is highly readable and meticulously organized. In a boxed review, PW hailed it as a ``superb, encompassing account'' of ``an intriguing, recognizable human being.'' Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up Few, if any, of the many books written for children about Lincoln can compare with Freedman's contribution. More than 80 photographs and prints illustrate the crisp and informative text. The pictures have been well-placed to coordinate with the text; captions have been written with care as well. While many of the photographs are well-known, many less familiar pictures are also included. Freedman begins by contrasting the Lincoln of legend to the Lincoln of fact. His childhood, self-education, early business ventures, and entry into politics comprise the first half of the book, with the rest of the text covering his presidency and assassination. Freedman's extensive research is apparent in the liberal use he makes of quotations from original sources (letters, contemporary newspaper articles, etc.). Freedman makes clear the controversy and vilification that Lincoln engendered and endured during his presidency. A listing of historic sites open to the public and a sampler of wise and witty excerpts from Lincoln's writings complete the book. Well-organized and well-written, this is an outstanding example of what (juvenile) biography can be. Like Lincoln himself, it stands head and shoulders above its competition. Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, Mass.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 142-143) and index.
Word Count: 28,244
Reading Level: 7.7
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 7.7 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 238 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.5 / points:8.0 / quiz:Q06889
Lexile: NC1040L
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints. Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book's final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Informational Text).

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