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Lincoln: A Photobiography

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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, andillustrated 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 courtshi
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published November 16th 1987 by Clarion Books
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This book was absolutely fantastic. It's for middle grade readers and the tone and vocabulary is perfect - it's not dumbed down but kids still get it. As an adult I was fascinated. I loved getting such a conscise summary of his life but I felt like I know him so much more. So many personal comments and stories were interwoven among his public accomplishments and outings. What a true American hero. It did start tugging at my heartstrings to read about the Civil War and see the effects it had on h ...more
Jul 22, 2016 D.C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newberies
Now this is what I think of what I think "good biography". Unlike Daniel Boone (the dreadfully racist and worshipful 1940 Newbery Medal winner), Freedman treats Lincoln as a real person and a true hero. He writes very well for his intended young audience, although all ages will learn a thing or two about Lincoln (did you know he hated to be called Abe?) and be fascinated by this completely different view of him. The huge collection of pictures promote wider appeal and enhance the experience grea ...more
Feb 18, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, informative, and fascinating. I loved seeing pictures of Lincoln's life. It gave me a whole new perspective on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. This book won the Newbery Award so I know it was written for teens, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as an adult who is not a big history buff. I can handle 130 pages riddled with photographs. This is my kind of history.
Jun 28, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there anything better than a children's book that doesn't dumb down for children? This is such a book. Although relatively simple in its writing style, it left nothing of importance out in terms of "oh, a child couldn't possibly understand!"

As an adult who studied history as any other student throughout school, I never really paid attention to Lincoln in any way other than knowing that he is on the penny and the five dollar bill and abolished slavery. Freedman's account opened up whole new wo
Sep 17, 2012 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Lincoln: A Photobiography" by Russell Freedman is a book that both older children and adults should read if they want to learn more about the sixteenth president of the United States. This Newbery Medal winner of 1988 is a fact-filled book that reads like a novel. Hundreds of books have been written about Abraham Lincoln and a feature film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day Lewis is in production; grab this book and share it with children before seeing that film to learn impor ...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
Lincoln: A Photobiography has won the Newbery Medal, the Jefferson Cup Award, and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award, and earned a citation as School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. It is appropriate for students in grades 6-8. This book tells a detailed story about Abraham Lincoln and is accompanied by 90 black and white photographs and prints. It provides a detailed and vivid look at the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and also mentions other great leaders during this time period.

This b
Dec 09, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) Genre: Junior Book Biography
2) Summary: This book gives an interesting account of Lincoln’s legacy from his early childhood to his role as the 16th president through text and actual black and white photographs.
3) Critique:
a) I enjoyed the actual black and white photographs found within the book.
b) The actual photographs really enhanced the biography by making it relatable to the reader. Having actual black and white photographs instead of kid friendly illustrations, expresses the actual tim
Andres Eguiguren
Feb 15, 2014 Andres Eguiguren rated it liked it
As a Newbery Medal winner, the award given for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," I suppose I am not really the intended audience for this book. Nonetheless, it is written in a fluid style that will appeal to adults who might be interested in a concise, "one-day read" biography of Lincoln. I was a little disappointed though that for a 'photobiography' it doesn't really have all that many photographs, though granted that in the first half of the 19th Centur ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mar 12, 2016 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery
Lincoln is presented here as I have never seen him, in both text and photographs. The details about him surprised me; I knew, of course, that he was extremely tall and had had a limited formal education, but I had no idea his voice was high pitched and that he had so much trouble finding a good general during the Civil War and that he was shy. I also loved the fact that though he had a total of a year of schooling he was able to read and study himself for two years and pass his bar exam. The Civ ...more
brian miller
Mar 24, 2016 brian miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicely written

Wonderfully written biography about Abraham Lincoln. I enjoyed the pictures included in this book. I definitely recommend reading this book.
Apr 24, 2016 Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great summary of Lincoln's life. This book is great for anyone who wants to brush up on Lincoln's life and for children that want to learn their history.
Oct 15, 2015 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like how it offered very in depth info on President Lincoln's life.
Noah Eastman
Aug 20, 2015 Noah Eastman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad
A horrible horrible book. One of the worst books ever.
Rachel Marie
Apr 02, 2016 Rachel Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln: A Photbiography Book Review For starters, I do not like history. So that fact that I enjoyed this book is pretty impressive for the author. It's definitely not one I loved. But, as a non-fiction book I feel that I have to give this four stars for being readable, having interesting real photographs throughout and being simple enough for children to enjoy.

Lincoln: A Photobiography details Lincoln's life from childhood, to becoming a lawyer to presidency as well as being a major impact on
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I consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest leader in the history of the US. And I love history. So that makes it tougher to objectively judge this book. It 19s much simpler to yield to my bias and say it 19s a remarkably clear and inspirational written and visual portrait of the man.

There 19s plenty of information I didn 19t know or couldn 19t remember before reading. Lincoln 19s older sister was running the family home at 11, at least temporarily, and died giving birth to her first child. T
Katelyn Moran
Dec 02, 2015 Katelyn Moran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author of my book was Russel Freedman. He was inspired by the Historical Library. Russel was able to go inside of a vault that had lots of different things inside of it. For example, there were handwritten letters from Abraham Lincoln to his wife, Mary Lincoln. Russel found the letters to be very interesting. There were also a few notes on some scraps of paper, that he had written on during his courtroom trials. Some Civil War documents were also found inside the vault.Seeing all of these do ...more
Katie Calhoon
Nov 25, 2015 Katie Calhoon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The authors purpose in the book Lincoln a Photo biography By Russell Freedman was to inform. He wrote this book to inform readers about Lincoln’s life and everything he went through. Even though this book is in third person instead of first person you can still feel emotions based on how the author wrote it and explained the story. I know that this author wanted to get his view of Lincoln’s life out there in the public just like all authors want. But this story really hit the point. The story ha ...more
internat librarian
I consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest leader in the history of the US. And I love history. So that makes it tougher to objectively judge this book. It’s much simpler to yield to my bias and say it’s a remarkably clear and inspirational written and visual portrait of the man.

There’s plenty of information I didn’t know or couldn’t remember before reading. Lincoln’s older sister was running the family home at 11, at least temporarily, and died giving birth to her first child. Two of Lincol
Lyle Willey
Jul 23, 2015 Lyle Willey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lincoln, A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Category/genre- YA, MG non-fiction

Estimate of age of level of interest- Grades 5-8

Estimate reading level
• 6.5
• Lexile Measure: 1040
• Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: V

Brief description
This book is an excellent historical perspective on Lincoln's life and the events that shaped his thoughts, beliefs and ambitions. Following the narrative, the reader is immersed in the social and political culture of the day leading up to the civil war and
May 07, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
Freedman, Russell (1987). Lincoln: A Photobiography. New York: Clarion.

Review Source: Newberry Medal 1988

Biography – Informational

I loved this book! A photobiography is a clever way to get students into biographies in general. This is a wonderfully illustrated biography of a beloved former President, Abraham Lincoln. From Lincoln’s childhood, through his varying careers as lawyer and also to include personal details like his relationship and marriage to Mary Todd, this book covers everything fro
Mackenzie Piper
I've always been really intrigued by and drawn to Lincoln while growing up. The title "Honest Abe" (though he disliked being called Abe, as I found out in this book!) always struck me. A man known for being honest? You don't come across many of those! At any rate, I really liked the picture that this book painted of Abraham Lincoln. I believe that Freedman did a great job of providing a layout of who Lincoln was as a politician, lawyer, friend, father, husband, etc. It's very well-written! I'd d ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This biography presents Lincoln as a real person, not a sanitized interpretation of a president. The author uses language that makes Lincoln's life understandable to middle grade readers and uses photography to make the biography come to life. The black-and-white photographs are relevant to the biography.. Readers can see the village where Lincoln grew up and other places significant to Lincoln's life. The biography also allows the readers to have an understanding the Civil War in which Lincoln ...more
Jay Brennan
Jul 11, 2014 Jay Brennan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Just completed a classic of American history for young people, Russell Freedman's, Lincoln: A Photobiography (HMH Books for Young Readers, 1989). Back in its day, the book won a coveted Newbery Medal.

Lincoln: A Photobiography

For this Canadian, Freedman's book was an excellent and reliable introduction to President Abraham Lincoln's story. Insofar as I remember the general outline of Lincoln's public life, Freedman covers the bases in a dependable manner and includes an amazing series of archiva
Swear Ahmed
Apr 08, 2014 Swear Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This biography was interesting in that it was a photobiography. It won the Newbery Medal (1988). It is intended for children 7+. The book goes through the life of Abraham Lincoln from childhood to his death.
This book shed light on the life of Lincoln and used pictures to keep things from getting slow and boring, as often biographies do. The pictures were relevant to his story and they supported the it well. It seemed that the book was unbiased and stayed close to the truth.
The photographs an
Woody Calhoon
Feb 27, 2014 Woody Calhoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february
I found this book to be a very interesting read. I found it to be a very honest portrayal of Lincoln's life and I was glad to see the author not "paint" Lincoln up to be this super, no-flaw hero. The author wasn't afraid to show that Lincoln, just like any of us, had his flaws and was just a normal guy despite some of the high attributes we hold him to in our lives. While this book contains no real "story" because it is a biography recounting the important events throughout Lincoln's life, that ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february-2014
I love the way this biography captivates the reader's attention through images and easy to read text. Freedman's commentary allowed the reader to "grow up" with Lincoln and helped us understand where he was coming from and why he made the decisions he did as a man and as president.

The text does lean more towards the Northern view of the Civil war rather than objectively telling the story of Lincoln. For example, Sherman's fires were told in the book as a tactical move that allowed Union success
Caitlin Lichtenberg
Feb 07, 2014 Caitlin Lichtenberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february
Let's be honest: biographies don't always make the most gripping novels. When I hear the word biography, I automatically decide in my head that I don't want to read it.
A photobiography on the other hand? This is something I've never experienced! Reading this book was very enlightening for me in a few ways: 1.) This was my first photobiography and I loved the concept. It was so compelling being able to see pictures of what was being talked about. Especially the documents with President Lincoln's
April Poulter
Feb 07, 2014 April Poulter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: february
This was a good read! It had more words and less pictures than I anticipated, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The text is large so it is not too daunting to read and it doesn't take very long. I think I read the entire book in about 2 hours.
This is a great book for children (and adults) to read to become more familiar with Abraham Lincoln - where he came from and his contribution to American history. It gives some great insight into his growing up years, his career as a lawyer, him as a father, an
Jay Gillespie
Feb 27, 2015 Jay Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abraham Lincoln, President (1861-1865) and American citizen of the United States was an influential figure both to people of the United North and the Confederate States to the south during the Civil War. The children's novel, Lincoln: A Photobiography, vividly illustrates this young man's upbringing in Springfield, Illinois, his career as a lawyer and his marriage to his wife, Mary Todd. The book then transitions into his presidency, the subsequent divide of the United States into the north and ...more
Alex Hobart
Book Level: 7.7
Summary: This book tells the story of President Lincoln; his early years, his life before presidency, and his assassination, as well as his personal life. This book tells the story of Lincoln's life with words but has the added intensity of pictures to aid the story telling. Many of the photos or drawings are taken from different sources and are achieves that can be found in museums around the world.
Characteristics that Support the Genre: tells the story of a person from the word
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Russell Freedman is the award-winning author of 47 books, some of which have been translated into a diverse number of languages, including Japanese, Korean, German, Spanish, Flemish, Arabic and Bengali. But Freedman wasn't always a children's book writer.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Pre
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“I have mo prejudice against the Southern people... They are just what we would ben in their situation. If slavery did not now exits amongst them, they wld not inrtoduce it. If it did now exist amongst us, we should not instantly give it up... I surely will not blame them for not doing what I should not know how to do myself. (p52)” 4 likes
“When I think of the sacrifice yet to be offered and the hearts and homes yet to be made desolate before this dreadful war is over, my heart is like lead within me, and I feel at times like hiding in a deep darkness.” 0 likes
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