Lincoln: A Photobiography
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Lincoln: A Photobiography

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A description of the boyhood, marriage, and young professional life of Abraham Lincoln, includes his presidential years and also reflects on the latest scholarly thoughts about our Civil War president. "A realistic, perceptive, and unromanticized photobiography of Lincoln, including a sampler of quotations from his writings and speeches." -- Booklist. Editors' Choice
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Perfection Learning (first published November 16th 1987)
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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
"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...more
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...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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Caitlin Carver
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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
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
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
Audrey Miller
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
This book is perfect for middle school students. The vocabulary and the content are right at their reading and comprehension level. The greatest thing about this book though is the photos. After reading this book, I had a greater understanding of how the man Lincoln was. It is also a good lesson in determination and hard work. I really enjoyed learning more about his upbringing. I found it interesting that one of the most influential men of the 19th century had such a humble upbringing. I also l...more
Morgan Seivers
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The first nonfiction winner that had been chosen in 30 years, this biography of Abraham Lincoln was the Newbery winner for 1988.

The book is great for middle-school readers—filled with “typical” historical facts with generous amounts of interesting trivia, both of Lincoln and his era. Freedman’s writing, too, is excellent—one wants students to be exposed to role-model-writing like this.

The author uses many wonderful photographs to enhance his work. Another extra is “A Lincoln Sampler,” the last...more
30 1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)

143 pages - The first non-fiction Newbery that I've read. The book is an interesting biography of Lincon and a concise summary of th Civil War. As befits a book with "photobiography" in the title, there is a nice selection of photos.

The book would be a good suppliment to a study of the Civil War. It is long enough to add interesting information, but short enough that it is a quick read.
Interesting factoids -

In 1858, Lincoln ran fo...more
Abraham Lincoln was an amazing man. This story is so inspirational. From his humble up bringing he know that an education was very important. Abraham learned how to read and write, and do his sums in school. Later on in life he study law on his own and sought out people to talk about law with. Abraham was a determined man and he worked hard for what he wants. Over all he was a kind and light hearted man who loved to share stories. I know that God protected and preserved him for a great cause to...more
Liesl Hawkins
I felt like this book gave a very real feel to the life of Abraham Lincoln. I definitely know more about his life now than I did before I read this book. I have a great respect for all the decisions that he had to make during his time as President, but I wished that he was able to be there more for his family and support his wife in their hardships.

The writing was well done and the pictures helped to bring more life to the story. I especially loved the picture of the crowds when Lincoln's coffi...more
I loved this book! It's one of the best books I have ever read of Abraham Lincoln! It shows Lincoln as the man he truly was. There isn't too much glorification, but not too much criticism of the President. It states the facts as they really are. There are few books, or any type of media, that is able to that kind of thing. If there is a need for any history book in any classroom or home about the American Civil War time period, this is the one to get! I think that if there is any Civil War or Ab...more
Malea Potter
This book is so informative. I was apprehensive about reading it because I thought it would be a boring retelling of historical events during Lincoln's life. The book is a pretty comprehensive life story, but it was very interesting and engaging. It was written in a way that was easy to understand, and the stories would be fun to read with children. The stories are exciting and bring Lincoln to life, rather than boring the reader to death by focussing on the dates and facts. It used quotes from...more
I liked this book but it was not my favorite. It is definitely a book that should be discussed if it is read. I think that as far as a discussion about Abraham Lincoln or the Civil War is concerned, this book is a great resource. One thing that I did really appreciate about the book is that it allowed the reader to see Lincoln as a man and not just as a president. Reading the book, paired with a good discussion, increased my appreciation for the man that Abraham Lincoln chose to be. It solidifie...more
This book gives such insight to the life of such a wonderful president!
Sheng Yang
It is true, this book is written from a perspective that does not embellish or make it seem like Abraham Lincoln was a good or a bad president. I felt like it truly capture what and how difficult the position of being a president of the United States really is. I enjoyed the pictures that was inside the book, but find some of the pictures to be a bit disturbing. Only because I did not expect to see dead bodies of people from the war in it. However, I enjoyed the different pictures of the preside...more
Sasha Thompson
I really enjoyed reading this book and looking at the pictures. I have never learned much about Lincoln and everything in this book is super interesting and informative. I learned a lot more about him than I had ever known before and thought it was cool learning about him. My favorite section of this book was the part about the civil war. I thought it was cool how they put, what they say to be, the only battle picture taken. I also have gained respect for Lincoln for his opinion on slavery, how...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...more
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