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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
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 (do 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 great ...more
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.
"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
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
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
Noah Eastman
A horrible horrible book. One of the worst books ever.
Lyle Willey
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eydie Aremburg
Category: Young Adult

Genre: Non-Fiction

Sub-genre: Biography

Interest Level: Grade 5-9

Reading Level: DRA 50; Guided Reading V

Brief description: The biography briefly describes Lincoln’s childhood. The book tells of his political activities and views, and also includes information about his personal life and tragedies.

Identify at least 2 characteristics of this genre(s) and subgenre and discuss how they appear in your book: One characteristic of biographies is that the book provides a role model.
This was a beautiful photobiography of Abraham Lincoln. I loved that all the pictures were in black and white and brought to life the true character of Lincoln. This was a very powerful text in that is was very informational and I feel that I learned more about Lincoln in this setting than I could of in any other situation. I think that children would enjoy this version of Lincoln because it included pictures it allowed for the read to go quicker. I think that this may be seen as a controversial ...more
Kendra Hurst
The book itself was very informative. For me personally, I did not find it that captivating or engaging. In other words, I was not getting into reading the book. I did find that it was very well written and that it portrayed President Lincoln for the good, decent, and honest man he was. Some of the random facts I found to be engaging and interesting-- like the fact he was actually good with an ax. Throughout the years I always thought that his attribute was over exaggerated like George Washingto ...more
Normally biographies tend to be really cut and dry, or very boring. They accurately tell the facts and events that occurred in someone's life. This book read more like a story and was historically accurate. The pictures really helped with holding my attention. Children who learn by reading pictures, this would be a great book for them. The captions are very detailed and tell the story behind the pictures. This would be a great book to incorporate into a history lesson about Abe Lincoln. There ar ...more
I surprised myself by actually enjoying this book. The only reason I picked it up was because of an assignment, otherwise I would have happily gone on without it. Now I'm happy I didn't overlook it. Honestly, it's hard to describe. The pictures are perfectly placed to emphasize the author's writing, and the words are easy to follow yet powerfully arranged. Add that to the amazing life of Abraham Lincoln, and you've got yourself a five-star book, my friend. The full account of Lincoln's life asto ...more
Joseph Law
This is a very accessible and accurate biography of Lincoln. It is very straight forward and it focuses on Lincoln himself and the author summarizes information about other characters and events with brevity so that the story is easy to read for young people. It not only tells the facts about Lincoln's life but also his thoughts, aspirations, and dreams for the country he loved. The photography is well-chosen and well-placed in relation to the total narrative. The book doesn't aspire to be an al ...more
In my opinion, Abraham Lincoln was one of the most influential presidents. Without him, we probably would not have won the civil war and we would all work in fields and own slaves.

He was known as a man who saved the slaves and was told to be very funny and told hilarious stories. I learned this from the book.

Another quote I got from the book was "We admire Lincoln today as an American folk hero. During the civil war, however, he was the most unpopular president the nation had ever known."

This bo
I loved this book. Geared mostly towards a younger crowd I think--as well as adults, Mr. Freedman brought up some interesting points. For example, the reason we never see Lincoln smile is because in those days it took a long time for a negative inside the camera to "burn" the image, thus the subject would have to sit and wait a while for the process to take place, and all during that waiting period maintain the same expression and composure (I guess holding a smile would have been more difficult ...more
I loved this book. When I first started it I thought it was going to be really hard for me to get through. However, I got into it quickly and once I did I just didn't want to put it down. It was an easy read and was very clear on what happened through Abe's life. I really came to have a lot of compassion for President Lincoln. He had so many disappointments and struggles that happened to him that I had no idea about. I didn't even know that a lot of people didn't like the Gettysburg Address! We ...more
I read “Lincoln: A Photobiography” by Russell Freedman on a digital reader. Through descriptive passages and photographs, the book provides a comprehensive history of Abraham Lincoln’s life. With added personal anecdotes about his life, Lincoln’s biography is told from a new, personal perspective. As a classroom activity, I would first present a picture from the photobiography. I would have then have the students critically analyze the photo. Next, the students would share out with a partner, th ...more
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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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