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Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons

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Abraham Lincoln was devoted to his country--and to his family. President Lincoln called America a house divided, but he struggled to keep his own home united. It would prove to be an impossible task. Sickness, loss, and family tensions overwhelmed Abraham, Mary, and their four sons. Opening up the Lincoln family album, noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer highlights the fam...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Calkins Creek Books
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This title is well-reviewed and an Orbis Pictus Honor winner. But I had a hard time with it, which may just be a reflection on me but ... I liked the organizational concept of examining the generations and expanding our view of Lincoln through his children. However, I felt like statements were made but not substantiated. Perhaps the author had the background primary sources to make those statements, but I felt numerous times like saying, 'how can you say that" or "how do you know that." I am not...more
Audience: Intermediate grades. Students that enjoy finding out factual and interesting information about historical figures or prominent individuals in American history.
Appeal: This book is chalked full of interesting and factual tidbits, many of which, I did not know. This book is also full of useful pictures that help move the book along. My only appointment was to find no information about his days as a vampire hunter. (I am hoping to gain extra points in class for humor with that last part)...more
Adam Donald
This is another biography on Abraham Lincoln. The difference about this book is that its focus is on Lincoln as a Father. It follows his family life as he is raising his kids, including his time in the White House. The book also follows the lives of his two kids that survived him. It tells the story of what happened to them as well as many of their descendants. It is an interesting take on the life of Lincoln in a world full of Lincoln biographies.
Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons is a great...more
Jun 21, 2012 Beth added it
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Audience: Intermediate grades. Kids who enjoy finding out interesting information on historical figures
Appeal: This book had a lot of interesting facts that I didn't even know. Many kids really enjoy knowing quirky little facts that are fun and interesting to know. It also had many pictures to help them put a face to names and really get a feel for what it was like during those times
Award: NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children 2012 Honor Book
This book didn't grab me the way I thought it might from the professional reviews. I think partly because Robert comes off very unsatisfactorily in this book. I don't mean as an unpleasant personality, although he seemed to have been quite unpopular, but as a mysterious figure who didn't get explained sufficiently. Why was Lincoln's treatment of the oldest son so different from the way the younger 3 were treated? Was it Robert's personality even as a teenager and young man? Or was it the expecta...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Abraham Lincoln is a source of endless fascination to Americans of all ages; more books have been written about him than any other figure in American history. This new biography for young people by Lincoln expert Harold Holzer is a worthwhile addition to the pantheon of Lincoln books, and could be enjoyed by young people and adults alike.

The outlines of Lincoln's life are well known to most of us; this volume concentrates on Lincoln's personality as a father, the lives of his four sons, and wha...more
Kimber Carnahan
Father Abraham, by Harold Holzer, is about the Lincoln family over the years. The family is handed several negative events, such as the death of Abraham Lincoln II, which begins the book. This is Lincoln's grandson. The book continues on to tell different occasions and stories that went hand in hand with being children of the Lincoln family.
This book could be classified as an informational book because it contains real and true material. The people in the book would be ones that children would...more
Jessica Scranton

Father Abraham was a story about the life of Abraham Lincoln, his sons and the tragedies his life entailed. This story is mainly about the impact Abraham has had on our country and the different experiences he went through during his life.
I think this would be a good book for children. Children know who the president Abraham Lincoln is, but this story will give them more information about his personal life and him as a person not just a president. The author provides factual information for the...more
Father Abraham by Harold Holzer is a book about Abraham’s life. Abraham has had such an immense impact on America’s history. This book is centered about Lincoln’s role as a father, and the lives of his four sons. The story goes on to talk about the two sons’ that survived him. Lincoln’s life had many tragedies.

I think that children would be interested in reading about Lincoln’s life. Many children know who Abraham Lincoln is, by reading this book they will find out more about his personal life...more
Erin Dixon
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SUMMARY: Father Abraham by Harold Holzer is about the Lincoln family, and how they dealt with family crises. The book begins with the death of Abraham Lincoln II, Lincoln's grandson. The book then goes on to tell the story of how Lincoln and his wife raised their children and the many different stories that went along with being the children of the Lincoln family.
CRITIQUE: The book is extremely accurate in conveying factual material. The author uses quotes, pictures, and real documen...more
Mariah Olson
Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons by Harold Holzer was about the life of Abraham Lincoln, his 4 sons, and the many different experiences he goes through that impact his life and our country before and while he acted as our president. Some of the hardships the Lincoln family has to endure are the death of their second child, Eddie, just before he turned 4, their first son, Robert, failing his first exams to get into Harvard, and their youngest son, Tad, having potential learning disabilities....more
Despite the length, this was a fairly quick, easy read. It was also enlightening, since I only remember learning about Tad Lincoln in school and not Robert, Eddy or Willie. I learned, for instance, that my belief that Tad was the president's favorite son was probably due to the fact that he lived longer than his beloved brother Willie, and thus had more opportunities to pose for photographs with his father.

What kind of a father was Abraham Lincoln? He was frequently absent because of work. When...more
The Reading Countess
All things Abe has always held a special place of fascination with me, so when I saw Holzer's book on the "new addition" table in our middle school library, I grabbed it.

This comprehensive biography of a complex man kept my attention from page one until the end. The photographs, some of which were not made public during his lifetime and thus have not been as publicized in general, were fascinating.

A president's life is never his own while in office. This was particularly true for Lincoln during...more
The life of Abraham Lincoln and his family are richly detailed in this candid and well-researched biography. From his early life through the Civil War years to his death, this book chronicles the very human side of not only Abraham Lincoln, but his wife and children as well. Bringing history richly to life, the characters fairly jump off the page of this book. The love Lincoln feels for his children and the grief he feels at their deaths is made real and poignant through the use of quotes, anecd...more
The book “Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons” is a good book about Abraham Lincoln and his family. It tells the sad tales, with loss, heartbreak, and sickness. The story at times can be very sad. It was very difficult to keep his home together, he tried very hard but he was unable to do so. Abraham and his wife, Mary struggled with these difficulties daily, they had four sons and it was a difficult life. Lincoln had a scholar who helped write down the families’ good times and bad, this scholar...more
Carol Kennedy
This book is rich in detail and very interesting for people who have a genuine interest in Abraham Lincoln. I am reviewing it for my book review group, which is concerned with books for young adults. I must say that I think this book would be a hard sell for middle-school students, because I am not sure they would have the level of interest in Lincoln to sustain their completion of the book. You get to know all about his marriage to Mary Todd, all about their separate relationships with each chi...more
An excellent inside look into the chaotic Lincoln family environment with parents who basically allowed their boys freedom to get into whatever kind of mischief they desired. Lincoln was totally laid back about it, even when they trashed his office! Focusing on the boys makes this a book younger readers can relate to as they will smile over the sons' antics. For adults, an introduction to the Lincoln family with extensive notes to dig further if so desired.
This was a good quick read of the family of Abraham Lincoln. If you are familiar with his life then you know that he had more than his share of tragedy - out of 4 sons only 1 lived to adulthood. The last descendant, a great-grandson died in 1985. Fascinating pictures also.
Nancy Addison
Good book, lots of information. I love reading about the Lincoln's, even when I was a kid. I remember I had a ghost book and one of the chapters was about the Lincoln's in the white house. Their family suffered from so many tragic deaths.
Excellent biography of the Lincolns, and follows through with a summary of what happened to Lincoln's direct descendants, who died out in the early 20th century. Lots of photos and good writing.
I loved it! It was very educational, Has great interesting facts all through the book!
Lexie Geib
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