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Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Our 16th president is known for many things: He delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address.He was tall and skinny and notoriously stern-looking. And he also had some very strong ideas about abolishing slavery, ideas which brought him into close contact with another very visible public figure: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born a slave but escaped ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jan 01, 2009 Scope rated it really liked it
Does it feel like your Lincoln section is getting a bit crowded? This year hasn’t helped matters. 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the man’s birth and any time you look under your stovepipe hat (what - you don’t have one?), you find a new children’s book about Honest Abe. “Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship” examines the man through his relationship with African American leader Frederick Douglass. The focus on the connections between the two men and their shared vision of ending ...more
Rob Chappell
Nov 11, 2016 Rob Chappell rated it really liked it
On the eve of this year's Presidential election, I decided to read this intriguing book about the friendship between Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, and Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist who was a former slave in the South before escaping to freedom in the North. The author paints parallel portraits of the two men's experiences of growing up in an America that was a "house divided," half slave and half free, and these stories are set within the frame of an inaugural ball on March 4, 1865, ...more
Traci Bold
Oct 14, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
My favorite president ever was Abraham Lincoln and man who every US man should strive to be like as well as Frederick Douglass who also knew the truths and held them accountable. Together the two would be invincible if greedy men had not changed the inevitable.

This picture book is rich with friendship and honesty. Written by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier and published by Henry Holt and Company.

#history #PB #friendship #abolishslavery #equalrights
Fazson Chapman
This is a good story to read I am kind of on both sides about it. I will say it is a good story to read to children far as showing them how both sides viewed their opinions on equal rights. to show students that you can get alone with someone that has similar but also different views. I would say its not one of my favorites. 3 of 5
Apr 26, 2013 Nichole rated it liked it
Lincoln and Douglass by Nikki Giovanni
Illustrator, Bryan Collier, does a beautiful job of showing the story. One photo that particularly stood out to me has Lincoln standing with six big trees in the background. The trees are pictures of people’s faces. These beautiful images allow the reader to experience the haunting feeling that President Lincoln may have felt when he saw the evils of slavery for the first time. The writing was not my favorite and left me wondering how much was accurate so I
Nov 21, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
At a reception celebrating his second inauguration, President Abraham Lincoln scans the crowds for his friend Frederick Douglass. Though one man was black and the other white, one a slave and the other free, their lives parallel one another in remarkable ways. Both men found themselves at the heart of the abolitionist movement in America. The book documents the youth of both men in alternating pages, emphasizing their commonalities. It also provides information on other figures in the ...more
Ashley Miller
Oct 16, 2013 Ashley Miller rated it really liked it
Mini Lesson-Information Text
Summary-This is a story about an unlikely friendship that developed through the years.
Focus-Text Features-Timeline
Connection-Explain to students that today they will be learning about writing information pieces and the use of timelines.
Teach-Read Lincoln and Douglas, An American Friendship. After reading, discuss how the book started with one event (the election party) and then flashed back to Lincoln and Douglas’ lives before, and then back to the party. Read throug
Megan Willis
Feb 13, 2013 Megan Willis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-rights, block-2
Before reading this book, I had no idea that Lincoln and Douglass were friends! Of course I knew that they both worked hard to end slavery, but I guess that I assumed that they were not close because Lincoln was white and Douglass was black. This book was very informative about Douglass's life and the steps that both men took to end slavery in the U.S. I liked how Lincoln went against everyone's opinions, including his own wife's, and invited Douglass to the party. Not only is this a great ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Karina rated it it was amazing
History becomes suddenly interesting with the story of "Lincoln and Douglass" through the use of detailed, colorful illustrations and meaningful text. The author does a great job of describing the true friendship of Lincoln and Douglass while bringing in different parts of each man's personal life story. The book uses story elements like flashbacks, cause/effect, and a variety of points of view. I would definitely use this book for social studies or for an example of what a great piece of ...more
Jun 04, 2009 AuthorsOnTourLive! rated it it was amazing
Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. She is the author of Rosa, which won a Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award, as well many other books for children and adults. Giovanni's new book Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship, offers a glimpse into the unusual friendship between two great American leaders.

We met Nikki Giovanni when she visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. You can listen to her talk about Lincoln and Dougl
Apr 15, 2009 Debra rated it liked it
Ironically, the book made me more interested in John Brown and "Mammy" Pleasant, the latter whom I had never heard of.

A criticism that I have is that the book doesn't revisit Lincoln's wife's discomfort about having Douglass at the inauguration. I would have also liked to have seen more evidence of the DEVELOPMENT of the friendship between Lincoln and Douglass.

I would give this book to 3rd and 4th graders who already have a background on either (or both) protagonist.

The illustrations were a pl
Salima Hart
This book is about Abraham Lincoln and his connection to Fredrick Douglass. It shows how Lincoln befriended the slaves and the reason why he wanted to help them. I thought that this book was really informative and presented material in a fun way, but I just felt that it was really long. I'm 20 years old and I was bored reading it, so I can only imagine how a 7 or 8 year old would feel. If this is a topic you are discussing in your classroom, this is probably a good book to reference to, but I ...more
J.D. Corrigan
Aug 06, 2014 J.D. Corrigan rated it really liked it
This book does a good job of introducing children to a difficult time in America's past through the friendship of President Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. I like books that introduce children to our nation's history, and do not shy away from our past wrongs. The Civil War was complicated and slavery is hard for children to grasp, so although this book may not fully address these topics it as least is a starting point to what will hopefully be a much longer education of a child in American ...more
Anne Broyles
Apr 16, 2010 Anne Broyles rated it liked it
Since I had plotted out a book of my own on this same subject (and halted work when I discovered Giovanni was working on this one), I was interested to see her straightforward approach. I was surprised at her addition of John Brown's story and Harper's Ferry. I was not enthusiastic about Bryan Collier's stylized art, though I have appreciated most of his ot her illustration projects.

For adult readers who want more on the Lincoln/Douglass friendship, I recommend the book that first sparked my int
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Nikki Giovanni actually read portions of this book aloud to me (and others) at an event on April 18th, 20ll at the university I attend. She has a dry, quirky sense of humor that I really enjoyed, so I had to order this book. And I liked it! It was nice to see a new side of these American leaders. My only complaint is that the pages about Harper's Ferry and John Brown (while important) take the focus away from Lincoln's and Douglass' story.
Roshunda Harris
This book is about Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas meeting up at a celebration on President Lincoln's second inauguration. Though many felt that the president should not have invited a black man to the celebration, the president would have it no other way. This book would be great to use in the class room to teach about perspective. I would have student write about how they would have felt if they too were in the same situation.
"Lincoln and Douglass" details the friendship bonds between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. I'm not sure how much of this story is factual but I'd definitely introduce this story as a little "fun fact." This would also be a great story to discuss the topic of slavery and the struggles of African Americans at the time. One thing I really enjoyed reading was the information and reasoning behind the artwork and some of its symbolism.
Ms Threlkeld
Feb 14, 2015 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was ok
This book felt like it was written for two different age groups. The parts of the text that explore Lincoln and Douglass's childhoods and the events that shaped them as adults was accessible to younger students and written in an interesting way. The other part of the book, which focused on events that occured around Lincoln's inauguration, used complex vocabulary and the writing itself felt choppy and disjointed.
Karli Abels
Mar 10, 2013 Karli Abels rated it liked it
Audience: This book would be good for students around third grade. It could appeal to both boys and girls and students of varying reading interest.
Appeal: This book is appealing because of its illustrations and the relations between the two characters.
Application: This book could be used in a history lesson about presidents or slavery. It could correlate with the curriculum that many schools follow.
Awards: Was the Carter G. Woodson elementary winner in 2009.
Aug 25, 2012 Cariegreer rated it liked it
This biography about the friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglss is a great way to introduce slavery and the struggles of the African American culture to younger grades. It also gives a history of other important individuals such as John Brown and Mammy Pleasant. This book has beautiful illustrations and would foster discussions in the classroom about the topic of slavery.
Adam Clavey
Dec 13, 2013 Adam Clavey rated it it was ok
Shelves: eng-261
This fictionalized biography tells the stories of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglas. It shows how they have a related passed and how they came together. The illustrations are interesting. The overall theme is friendship. I believe the story is a little idealized rather than historically true. Overall a decent book, good for students between first and fourth grade.
Amber Adams
Feb 21, 2013 Amber Adams rated it it was amazing
This story tells us about the unseen relationship between Frederick Douglas and Abe Lincoln. It tells us about their encounter at the White House and background knowledge about the cause if their situations at the White House. (Segregation) I would use this book to do a history lesson (Black History, civil war, etc) and to teach children about differences amount each other.
Chanae Wills
Mar 05, 2013 Chanae Wills rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-2, history
This book explains the relationship between Fredrick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. I would use this book to further explain about both men because this story is not what is presented in history books. I would also use this book to show how two people from completely different backgrounds can come together and work for a common cause.
Jan 16, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
This book - besides being a wonderful addition to social studies units on the Civil War, Emancipation, and slavery - would make an excellent basis for a lesson on comparing and contrasting. Even the way the pages alternate between Lincoln and Douglas seems designed for comparison.
This book would be good for both girls and boys in grades 2-4. The illustrations in this book are amazing. It won the Carter G. Woodson award in 2009. This is a great book to show that you can find friendship anywhere.
Not as good as Lincoln shot but much shorter. I loved seeing this one moment in this unique for the time friendship. The illustrations were lovely and really caught the emotion of the moment. Grades 3+
Jasmin Garcia
A great book that describes the bond between Douglas and President Lincoln. I can use this book to help with lessons about abolishing slavery or when studying about Lincoln or Douglas. Great for history or writing lessons.
Nov 13, 2012 Sammy rated it really liked it
I like this book because it tale about a lot of stuff about Lincoln and Douglass in this book how they freed the slaves and how they was going to free the slaves and this book tale about a lot of history in this book and how they was going to get them over to America
Christine Turner
In an account of the friendship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, readers get a glimpse into the shared bond between two great American leaders during a turbulent time in history.

Picture book format. Includes a timelime.
Nov 12, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
Great for schoolagers to focus on friendship and tolerance. Would be a perfect companion to As Good as Anybody by Richard Michelson. Perfect for the our current political climate.
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Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated American poet, activist and author. She has written numerous volumes of poetry and has been honored with loads of awards, including 20 honorary degrees from national colleges and universities. Her poems are undeniably authentic distillations of black life in America. She was editor of Fisk University's literary magazine. She lives in ...more
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