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Abraham Lincoln

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
With a down-home, folksy flavor, Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt have written an unusual biography of Abe Lincoln that is sure to become a perennial classic.

In their first collaboration as storytellers since FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt tell Lincoln's story from his birth to his untimely death. Begining with his humble start in a log cabin in Kentucky
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Scholastic Press
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Laura Verret
Ah, yes. We’ve been through this before.

In fact, we’ve been through it eleven times. Hmmm.

I’ll rank all of the Lincoln biographies in just a second, but first I wanted to note one or two things regarding this particular biography. Although it didn’t seem to convey all that much information – facts regarding Lincoln’s family life and career are included, though not in detail – what it did recount was told in a fun, almost “tall tale-y” tone.

I also appreciated this paragraph –

A powerful hard task
Dec 12, 2012 Donalyn rated it really liked it
A surprisingly moving introduction to Abraham Lincoln's life. The short text still communicates Lincoln's humor, work ethic, and beliefs.
Joelle Karlitz
Title: Abraham Lincoln
Author: Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt
Illustrator: David A. Johnson
Genre: Biography
Theme (s): Leadership, Strength
Opening Line/Sentence: See that tall, tall man in that tall black hat? Know who he is? That’s right, he’s the man on the penny—Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States.
Brief Book Summary: This book is a summary of Abraham Lincoln’s life. It describes his accomplishments and his journey towards becoming a president.
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Erin Prosser
Apr 17, 2013 Erin Prosser rated it it was amazing
When you first peer at the cover of this biographical picture book, you see a very tall book. The colors of the cover are also very rustic and something you would associate one of our past presidents with. The picture of the boy on the cover is also very well drawn and makes you want to look inside.

The biographical picture book "Abraham Lincoln" written by Amy Cohn and illustrations by David Johnson was a great book to sit down and read. This would be a great book to read to children because on
John Cruz
Dec 01, 2015 John Cruz rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book but gave it 5 stars because this book is a great contribution to historical children's literature. I actually used this book with a class of 2nd graders when we were covering the presidents and american history. They took well to the book and were able to recall plenty of details from the book. They seems to be fine with the mentioning of Lincoln's assassination. In fact when I taught the lesson with the kids this is the only children's book I could find that talked about the ...more
Rachel Hancock
"Abraham Lincoln" by Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt tells the story of Abraham's Lincoln life from his birth to his death. The book shares factual information and takes readers on an adventure as they share about each stage of Lincoln's life. The book describes all of the places Lincoln lived and tells all about the various jobs he had. The book also uses large text and words that are very appropriate and easy to understand for young readers.

Additionally, this book is filled with beautiful water-c
Vivika Contreras
Apr 28, 2016 Vivika Contreras rated it liked it
Coming across this book, I wasn't immediately drawn in only because the colors on the cover are kind of boring and somber, it's mostly a brown and a diarrhea green. The colors just aren't very attention grabbing and look more faded then illuminated. Within this book it briefly explain who Abraham Lincoln is and then it takes us all the way back to the time he was barely born and walk us all the way through his life, from working with his father, his studies, and becoming president.

One of the fi
Hannah Evilsizor
Apr 18, 2015 Hannah Evilsizor rated it really liked it
This book from the first page drawls students in by asking the question " see that tall tall man in that tall black hat?" Students and myself want to turn the page and see who the man is and what he does. This book says the facts of the story of Abe Lincoln in a way that is interesting to students but it also focuses on the positive outcomes of the story. The book does tell that the president was shot. I would read this book to 2nd through 4th graders. There are a lot of words on each page so I ...more
Amy Dennehy
Dec 02, 2012 Amy Dennehy rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book! It teaches the reader about Abraham Lincoln’s life in an interesting and intriguing format from the personal quotes from Lincoln to the rhyming and structure found throughout the book. The quotes found in this story add detail and interest that kept me reading. This book was also very clearly written; it details President Lincoln’s life from the day he was born to the day he was killed. It gives great insight into the process Lincoln went through to become presid ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Alex.ferg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This book is about our famous 16th president, and tells the story of his life events in a nut shell. It follows his life from when he was born in a log cabin in KY, all the way through when he died after the war. This is good for younger readers, because it gives great historical information, without too much detail. This helps to not overwhelm the students, but they can still get the main idea. I think using a historical picture book is a good way to teach history to your younger students, beca ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Jaclyn rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this non-fiction children's history book on Abraham Lincoln. It has a very interesting and intriguing format because of the personal quotes and the rhyming format found through the book. The illustrations in the book depict Abraham's emotions and the setting perfectly and add to the story. The book discusses his life from the day he was born to the day he was assassinated. It tells stories about his life growing up, his journey to join the senate, and become president of the Uni ...more
Lacey Bolen
May 06, 2015 Lacey Bolen rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I really liked how it began by pointing out that Abraham Lincoln is the man on the penny. I think for younger elementary students (1-3 grade) this peaks their attention because they can relate. This book could be used in a social studies unit about Abraham Lincoln, or in a project where students research presidents and share their findings. At my elementary school we did a "wax museum" project where students researched famous people (such as presidents) and dressed up like t ...more
Katie Frakes
Dec 04, 2012 Katie Frakes rated it it was amazing
This book was very informational and I feel like I learned a lot after reading it! As it is easy to assume, this book is about Abraham Lincoln and details his life from the day he was born to the day he was assassinated. There are also personal quotes from President Lincoln incorporated throughout the story, which was very interesting to me because these quotes really showed who he was as a person and leader. In addition to all of the detail, I found this book to be very well written and the tex ...more
Matt Smith
Nov 21, 2011 Matt Smith rated it liked it
Biographical Picture Book
This book was about Abraham Lincolns life, starting from when he was born. He was always tall and lanky, even from birth. He was born in KY but moved to IN where he cut down trees to help build things for his family. He did not have much education. Lincoln began reading and read as much as he could about whatever he could. He became state legislature in Illinois, got married, and became president. The last part talks about the Emmancipation Proclomation and his death. Th
Andrea Carter
I chose to read the book, 'Abraham Lincoln' by Amy L. Cohn because he is one of my favorite presidents to study. I think Abraham Lincoln made a huge impact in American history so children should learn and study about him. The book seems to be aged but I think this adds character and charm to the book since it is about a historical figure. The illustrations in the book seem to be fantasy-like and are drawn with primarily darker colors and pencils. Something that this book contained that I found v ...more
Paul Terrell
Nov 21, 2011 Paul Terrell rated it it was ok
This is a pictue book which allows the reader to get a quick view in to the life of one of our nations greatest Presidents. It allows young readers to see Lincoln in other ways than just being the President, and it does this in a fun way. It is constantly talking about him being so tall, and how his pants never fit. This illustrations are great also because they do a good job in showing Lincoln aging and also capture his mood very well. I believe this could be a great tool in my future classroom ...more
Mrs Bond
Apr 12, 2009 Mrs Bond rated it really liked it
Begins with Lincoln's birth and ends with an illustration of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Language attempts to bring the reader back to Lincoln's time and place. Shows the turmoil he felt as he led the nation during the Civil War and the ways he attempted to lighten the mood and bring laughter to those around him. Full page illustrations, ink and watercolor washes show Lincoln as he grows up. Additional resource: important dates from Lincoln's life.
Oct 05, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
So beautiful. This telling still has new stories, new elements. For example, his hands were sore signing the Emancipation Proclamation because of all the New Year's Day callers the day before. They called Ulysses S. Grant "Unconditional Surrender" Grant. The war ended a year from the time he was appointed. The last page is a picture of the Lincoln monument, "He looks like a giant, doesn't he? He was." So great.
Mrs. Wynn
Feb 13, 2013 Mrs. Wynn rated it liked it
I read this to third grade yesterday. From the look of the layout and illustrations (ink and watercolor washes) I sure thought this was a much older book than it is. Looks to be early 1900's but actually 2002! The illustrations were nice, done in pale colors, and well-written. I would not suggest the book for students younger than third grade. The book covers Lincoln's life from birth through death and his memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mary Westlake
I loved this new spin on a biography I have heard so many times. Capturing the essence of Abraham Lincoln's life, this book made him seem like more of a person and less of a figure. Focusing on his personal life as opposed to his life's work, I felt that I gained an understanding of who he was as a person; Honest (of course), sensitive, determined and humorous.
Apr 04, 2009 Shelli rated it liked it
An informational picture book on Abraham Lincoln, that describes a little bit about each stage in his life from crib to casket. The wording was written in that awkward backwoods way, which took away from the story a bit. Some of the vocabulary words were a little challenging for this books target audience as well, some clarification would have been helpful.
Apr 23, 2008 Caryn rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books

Another "timepiece" children's picture book! Did I mention that I love these types of books?! =)

This was a good description of President Lincoln's life. It has good stories and pictures, as well...
Apr 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
This is a easy read for factual information I would like to use this book as a reference for historical figures ( presidents). I recommend this book for 1st-3rd grades.
Dec 12, 2012 Beth rated it really liked it
Great biography about Abraham Lincoln. I especially loved the ending that will really resonate with readers and lead to great discussion.
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