The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
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The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

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The award-winning author of Ben Franklin’s Almanac and Our Eleanor has created an enthralling joint biography of our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, and his complex wife—a scrapbook history that uses photographs, letters, engravings, and even cartoons, along with a fascinating text, to form an enthralling museum on the page. The Lincolns received four starred reviews...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Schwartz & Wade
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Monica Edinger
First of all, I admit that I've become friendly with the author. (She wrote me one of my very few fan letters for my book about teaching with primary sources: Seeking History.) But I'd known and admired her Ben Franklin's Almanac before she ever wrote me and some of her other picture books as well. (Her book, also in scrapbook style, about Eleanor Roosevelt, is also terrific.)

But back to The Lincolns. This is a fantastic way to learn about this particular iconic First Couple. I love Candy's scra...more
This book has won the Horn Book Award. This book would be great for a middle school student to use for a project on the Lincolns. As I was reading this book, I was amazed and learned a lot of new things that I didn't know before. One of Lincoln's favorite books as a child, was Aesop's Fables. It was also interesting to learn that Lincoln was raised in a household that despised slavery. Lincoln had always seen slavery as a horrible thing. I also didn't know that there were four other individuals...more
Many, many books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, but this one stands out for me. It's as much Mary's story as it is Abraham's and the author traces each of their lives from birth to death.

The formatting is excellent! Each page resembles a period newspaper and presents information in chronological order with a focus on facts readers might not have read in other Lincoln books. The photos are used effectively to support text and include many images that haven't appeared elsewhere.

The over...more
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*Starred Review* Using the same innovative scrapbook format employed in Ben Franklin’s Almanac (2003) and Our Eleanor (2005), Fleming offers another standout biographical title, this time twining accounts of two lives—Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln—into one fascinating whole. On spreads that combine well-chosen visuals with blocks of headlined text, Fleming gives a full, birth-to-death view of the “inextricably bound” Lincolns. Once again, Fleming humanizes her subjects and offers a...more
I chose this book in an effort to branch out. First of all, even though I live in the "Land of Lincoln" and know the basic outlines of Honest Abe's life, I don't know much about the details. Also, I have almost zero experience with history books designed for children and adolescents.

I liked that this book isn't a typical history book. As the title implies, the book is laid out like a series of articles about Abe and Mary that were clipped and added to a scrapbook. The book starts with a chapter...more
This is a really fascinating biography of the Lincolns. I love the style of the book. The scrapbook style with the small chunks of information made it so much easier to absorb the information that long chapters of just text. And Fleming packed the book with primary sources. This is a great way to learn for younger readers who would get bored easily - this way they can read as much or as little as they want or they can jump around through the newspaper style of the book. I really appreciated the...more
Another marvelous book from Candace Fleming. I truly enjoy her "scrapbook" approach and started the book by dipping in and reading here and there. Within several pages though I was so engaged that I settled down to read it straight through. Fleming's writing is lively and immediate yet completely respectful of her audience. She always provides the essential historical background but I never felt that she was writing down to her audience. The pivotal information about the Civil War and the emanci...more
Published in 2008 by Schwartz & Wade
Interest Level: 7-12th Grade

This is a great informational text about the complete biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The extensive research that Candace Fleming did about the Lincolns and her passion for the Lincolns pours through the book. There is a clear table of contents, the bibliography, index, many subheadings, and use of archival photographs throughout the book are some of the many great features of this text. Additionally, this text is organiz...more
Full of photos, clippings, letters, political cartoons, and more, this book offers a comprehensive look at the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in an impressive and thoroughly researched scrapbook-style format.

It tells the story of both Abraham and Mary's very different upbringings, their courtship and marriage, Abraham's ascent into politics and his presidency, and much much more. Along the way, Candace Fleming presents many interesting and captivating stories about the...more
I'm liking this book very much - lots of photos, personal information, i.e. Mary Lincoln's wedding ring was inscribed 'Love is Eternal', primary source documents and an old-fashioned typeface - but for kids, it may be TMI.
After three weeks, I've picked The Lincolns up again and read through to the end. It's not that I don't like the scrapbook style of the joint biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. It's just that it lends itself to browsing, rather than reading cover to cover. The book begins...more
This biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was extremely in-depth and filled with information that I had never learned when I studied the Lincolns in school. The author, Candace Fleming, does an amazing job going over all aspects of the Lincolns' lives. This includes their childhood, before and after they were married, Abraham's legal and political career, the Civil War, and their children. This book had so much pertinent information in it that I was not left with any unanswered questions. As a...more
Heather Mcgrath

In the book “The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary” a many stories of the life of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, including their parents and children are told. Everything from fun stories about their families and their lives to darker times of death and war. Pictures are shown of each of their parents and the houses they lived in when they were born. This book really does give the reader a full view of the lives of the Lincolns.


This book deserves a 5 star rating. This b...more

Award winning author Candace Fleming tells the story of Abraham Lincoln our sixteenth president and his wife Mary. The biography of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary is setup in a scrapbook format, which to me resembles pages of a newspaper. Each page includes different fonts and pictures assembled together to create the perfect scrapbook of Abraham and Mary’s life. The lives of Abraham and Mary are presented chronically from birth to death. The author describes Abraham’s childhood, his...more
Veronica Smith
This book is full of pictures and letters that accompany the text of the book. This book is about the lives of Mary and Abraham Lincoln. It discusses how hard it was for both of them to grow up, the Civil war and how hard it was for them to date. This book shows Lincoln was more than a president, it doesn’t spit historical facts about what party he was or who his vice president was. This book tells that and much more; there is even a recipe for his favorite cake, which you can bake yourself!
Mariah Olson
The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming includes pictures, letters, clippings, and other visuals that give readers an inside look at the lives of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in a fun, engaging format. This book gives detailed stories about the very different lives of Abraham and Mary as they grew up and the hobbies and love interests that they have before they meet each other. It was very interesting to more closely see the environment...more
Hillary Forrest
I selected this book, The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming, as my informational biography. This particular book won the 2009 Honor NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. I was intrigued by the book because I have always felt that Abraham Lincoln was a great president whom had an impacting effect on equality for all American citizens. I was excited to read more about him and especially educate myself on his personal life from childhood to...more
Leah Gerber
Candace Fleming used period photographs, letters, engravings, cartoons and more to create The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. This is a biography of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. This book details about both Abraham’s and Mary’s early years separately, how they met, what their marriage was like, the kinds of burdens that they held and the outcomes of their decisions both politically and personally. The end of the book focuses on Mary’s Life after Abraham’s assi...more
Laura Mcclanahan
Genre- historical non-fiction

A fascinating book- "The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary" is a large volume of short segments of Abraham Lincoln's life from his childhood through his presidency and assassination. The short segments are set up as old newspaper clippings, with the old type writer font, edge-plate photographs, subtitles and captions. Though the text is daunting to read cover to cover, it is easily set up to peruse in segments. Each chapter is set up like an old poster f...more
Looking through this book is like looking through old family photos and letters - only with excellent research, stories, anecdotes, and ephemera. Oh, and if your ancestors happened to be the Lincolns. While Abraham often takes the spotlight, especially during the chapters dealing with the Civil War, Fleming never neglects Mary and we get an excellent sense of both her early life, before marriage and as a young wife, and her life after the assassination. The format allows Fleming to both tell a s...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The book is done in a scrapbook fashion. There are drawings, photographs, maps and cartoons all done in b & w, which would be appropriate for the time. There are stories that are 1/4, 1/2 or a page long and than other little snippets of info. scattered in between.

Some info. that I really appreciated:

"Man's Best Friend" (pg. 8)

Abraham borrowed, read, and returned every book he could get his hands on. Over and over he told his neighbors: My best friend is the m...more
What I loved most about this book is that it was not just another book about Abraham Lincoln but as the title implies was about both Abraham and Mary. It was very interesting to get a look at Mary along side her husband.
I also loved the scrapbook format of this book. It is absolutely full of interesting photographs, paintings, newspaper clippings and images of documents. Have a gander at Grant's hand written terms of surrender from Appomattox Court House or a copy of a draft from the Gettysburg...more
The depth of this biography really makes it more ideal for middle schoolers, but those younger than 6th grade who want to flip through a comprehensive "scrapbook" of stories and photos detailing the lives of the Lincolns will find this book interesting. I knew very little about them, and this collection of stories, articles and pictures shows us what the wealthy Mary and backwoods Lincoln had in common, what they were like behind the scenes as they survived mourning, war and presidency together....more
This book allows teenagers to understand the Lincoln's in ways which most books can't for young readers. It follows both Abraham and Mary throughout their incredible journey to the White House and beyond, with all the little twists and turns that students usually don't hear about. One of the nicest things about it is that its broken into small excerpts rather than chapters, and there is almost always a picture that accompanies each section. Another great aspect of this book is that it reveals so...more
The other book I looked at is “The Lincolns” which is also about Abraham Lincoln and his life. However; with this book it does not focus on his four sons as much. The main focus is Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Starting with their childhood and going through to when they get married. This book talks about the hardship of them going through the Civil war and how they dealt with losing their three children, going until their death. The story has very specific random details such as the recipe for Abra...more
After reading this book I feel as if I have spent some time with the Lincolns. Through photographs, articles, letters, etc. this book gives a more personal look at Abraham and Mary. For Mary especially I gained a deeper sense of compassion for all of the struggles that followed mulitple tragedies in her personal life. Rather than the way that she is frequently dismissed in popular history as a shallow, somewhat crazy consumer this portrayal helps to flesh out some of her complexities, her sharp...more
This is an amazing collection of photographed artifacts interwoven in chronological order with concise, but interesting expository narrative. The layout attempts to honor the "old courthouse" style with the book being on legal size paper with thin margins. The font and clip art also emulates the graphics of the Lincoln era. The book is not only provides valuable historical documentation; it is also a work of achival art. Lincoln is always a subject of awe and seems to inspire neverending curiosi...more
content dense, well-researched biography about Mary & Abraham Lincoln. author indicates it took her 5 years and extensive travel to research content. book explores both of their lives--separately and together. told in narrative, scrapbook style, portrays the complex (and tragic) lives of both. details of death, "insanity", etc. coupled with dense text make book more appropriate for upper middle school through high school (as an adult, i got a lot out of it).

while broken into chapters, natur...more
Dec 07, 2008 Laurie added it
Recommended to Laurie by: Kathy Baxter
Shelves: nonfiction
The stories of their lives before the presidency are fascinating, mostly new to me, and illustrated with homely historical details through Fleming's careful selection of images. The scrapbook style is great for browsing. Until I read this book I had no idea that Lincoln had so little political experience before he was elected president, nor that Mary had come down so far in society when she married him. (The book does include the full story through the presidency, Civil War, assassination, and a...more
Yosef Shapiro
This book is not your typical Lincoln Biography. This book is written as if it were a acrap book of clippings on both Abe and Mary. It is really interesting when the two of them are compared and contrasted. There are also quite a bit of trivia bits throughout this book.
This book is a nice resource for anyone looking to learn about the full lives of Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. For the student who isn’t interested in picking up a more subsentive biography this is a nice alternative that is rich with information, great primary sources, and pictures. The pages are sometimes hard to follow, as there is so much information packed onto one page that the eye tends to wander around. I think it is a lovely book for any Lincoln enthusiast and someone curious to learn...more
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I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

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