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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Apr 06, 2008 Carissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives such insight to the life of such a wonderful president!
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.
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.
Not my style had to read for school
Alan Chen
Reading this book again was like visiting a dear old friend who was as wonderful as I remembered. Picking this up 15+ years after I first encountered this as in elementary school, I am struck by how well the book has held up after all this time.

Some history books written for children are obviously geared towards children. They have short sentences, simple ideas, cover only the most basic ideas, and tend to focus on childhood issues, while omitting any of the more famous quotes, actions and perso
Oct 26, 2016 Sadie-jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Battle of the Books. This was very interesting. I like the way the author presents historical facts to the middle school group without dumbing it down. I actually learned a few things. Was a little confused at how suddenly it ended.
Oct 11, 2016 Breanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this because my kids were reading this for school, and I thought it was very well written and quite fascinating!
This is distinguished? This is literature? What was the Newbery committee thinking? Were we supposed to be so distracted by the photographs that we'd forget the glaring ommissions and distortions of facts?
Take the author's version of the Declaration of Independence. Freedman's: "all are entitled to 'Life, Liberty, and the pusuit of Happiness.'" The actual document reads "...they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these rights are life,liberty, and the pursu
Zuko's Honor
Oct 07, 2016 Zuko's Honor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. It tells you all about Abraham Lincoln and what he did. I was interested in the story since the very first page. I would recommend this book to people of all ages.
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
Apr 16, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eced-221
If you want an in-depth look into the life of Abraham Lincoln, look no further. Russell Freedman does a compelling job at describing the entertaining and interesting life of Mr. Lincoln. This book is broken down into seven chapters, which all discuss the many avenues that make up this man's life. Lincoln was known to be a controversial man, and this is how the book begins its tale. Along with his nature of always dealing with controversies, the book also describes how difficult it was to fully u ...more
Alicia Crosby
If you want to know about the life of President Abraham Lincoln this is the book you want to do with. There was a lot of photos *hit, hit, Photobiography* It was fun to learn about his life and to see how far he had to go to get where he wanted to be. This would be fun book for children learning history and want to find information that most people didn't know.
LaRae Williams
A Newbery winner. This is a perfect book to introduce facts about Lincoln and his presidency to middle-grade readers. It contains wonderful photos and is a quick, informative read.
Feb 07, 2012 Marley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Gore Vidal's Lincoln and was looking for something more about him. I have several books on Wilkes Booth, the Surratts and the assassination, but nothing on Lincoln, something obviously need to be remedy. I did, however, have "Lincoln: A Photobiography" which I picked up on sale a few years ago, mainly because of the pictures.

The book is aimed at the young reader--middle school/junior high, but the author, Russell Freedman, doesn't write down to the readers. He respects them and t
Gail Lebeter
Lincoln: A Photobiography tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's childhood, his life as a lawyer, and his family life with Mary Todd Lincoln. When the book discusses Lincoln's years as president, it explains the concerns he dealt with as he tried to bring our nation back together during a time of Civil War. The photographs and writings throughout the book allow children as well as adults to see both the private and public side of possibly our country's most famous president. Because there a
Feb 10, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of biographies and people who want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln
This is a solidly informative book that not only offers a biographical sketch of our 16th President, but also sheds some insight into his character and mannerisms. The narrative is very readable and neither bores nor overwhelms with details. The pictures, mainly photographs, are quite dramatic and do not spare the reader the horrors of war. I intended to read this book with our girls, but I scanned it first myself and realized that it was a bit too mature for them still. So I read it on my own. ...more
Shana Martin
Mar 21, 2012 Shana Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eced221
The biography novel Lincoln: A Photobiography written by Russell Freedman gives numerous detailed descriptions of Abraham Lincoln’s life. In the story, the author explains his childhood, family life, career of being a lawyer, political career, his thoughts on slavery, and his assassination. Not only does the book give detailed descriptions of his life, but it is accompanied by photography and drawings.
The biography was able to expand the reader’s awareness by letting them take a walk in Abraham
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
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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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