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Lincoln: A Photobiography

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,252 ratings  ·  788 reviews
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, and illustrated 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 courtsh
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 25th 1989 by Clarion Books (first published November 16th 1987)
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you ask an American if they have a favorite U.S. President and they answer "Abraham Lincoln," then you have probably learned two quick things about that person: they hold social justice as a higher ideal above all others, and they believe that THEY love President Lincoln more than anyone else has before them.

Lovers of Abraham Lincoln are possessive and defiant. They KNOW that their relationship with him is deeper, stronger and more intimate than yours. The day he died, he became our communal
This book helped me so much with my course on the Civil War. This book made everything so clear and it was so easy to read. Before I was confused on what the Civil War was actually over. But this book has it explained so clearly that I know precisely what to write about in my assignment due in a few weeks.
Besides from the Civil War, I got to know a great deal more than I did before about Lincoln. The way the author wrote about him made me really appreciate and care for Lincoln a lot more than I
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
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've always want to read Abraham Lincoln biography and at last, I did it! Before this, all I know that he was one of the U.S president and that's it. As I grew older, I get to know that he was the one that abolished slavery, saw a movie about his assassination (the Spielberg's) and watched one documentary a few years back.

This book tells the story about Lincoln from the day he was born to the day he died. I'd want to say that it deserved the Newbery award that it got as this is very accessible

Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-medal
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
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Really great, wonderful photographs I hadn't seen before. I've read books about this period of history, but, always with so much detail that I found it all pretty muddled by the time I got through. This is written for children, so it sticks to the big stuff.

I had never realized that the Emancipation Proclamation would have allowed any states that rejoined the union to keep their slaves. I think a lot of people think that this was when all the slaves were freed, when, really it just freed the sl
Alex Rakita
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have definitely learn a whole bunch of facts about Abraham Lincoln that totally blew my mind. For example, did you know that his sister died when he was just eighteen years old. You know how devastating that could have been for Abraham but somehow that tall man stuck with it and stayed stong.
At the point of me reading this photo biography, I had been learning about the Civil War and Abe Lincoln's presidency which was one of the reasons I picked this book up; to learn more about the character
Katherine Sevigney
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edu-511-513
I recommend this book to Social Studies teachers who teach seventh through 12th grade. Especially Social Studies teachers who teach United States History and the Civil War. This books follows the life of President Lincoln. There is a great focus on the Civil War, and his roles during the Civil War. With primary quotes and photographs and loaded with information and content, students can learn a great deal about President Lincoln. At the end of the book are additional resources like "A Lincoln Sa ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
For a photobiography, this audiobook was very good. I'll page through my hard copy at some point to enjoy the pictures. The Civil War is covered at enough distance to make sense as an overview- not every battle, not every decision, just the generals and the big names. A final section of selected quotes is OK, but it might have been improved with a complete version of the Gettysburg Address. There is no discussion of Lincoln's legacy or anything like that, which is fine.
Leslie Nehmer
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Good, easy read. I enjoyed the pictures and the basic information it gave about Lincoln’s life. I really liked that so many quotes from people who knew Lincoln were included, it helped me relate to him more personally.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Not bad. Kind of like an early Steve Sheinkin. Don’t know why it was called a “photobiography”, though.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read the other non-fiction Newbery medalists. But from some comments on these volumes: The Story of Mankind, Invincible Louisa, Daniel Boone – they were often found lacking. My guess is that when Russell Freedman came along the committee was all kinds of giggles and gusto to have such a concise, accurate, and readable biography to add to the Newbery cannon. Lincoln: A Photobiography maintains a formal narrative distance from the reader, yet manages to string out a captivating life, up ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not my style had to read for school
brian miller
Mar 24, 2016 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 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
1988 Newberry Medal winner. It was a great, age appropriate biography of a great president. The pictures are amazing for the time period.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like how it offered very in depth info on President Lincoln's life.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book gives such insight to the life of such a wonderful president!
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
Panther Library
I consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest leader in the history of the US. And I love history. So that makes it tougher to objectively judge this book. It’s much simpler to yield to my bias and say it’s a remarkably clear and inspirational written and visual portrait of the man.

There’s plenty of information I didn’t know or couldn’t remember before reading. Lincoln’s older sister was running the family home at 11, at least temporarily, and died giving birth to her first child. Two of Lincol
Sianna Graffious
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book “Lincoln: A Photobiography” by Russell Freedman is a biography and a multiple award-winning book, its awards include: 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. This book is great for all ages and includes over 50 photographs and prints. It provides a detailed and vivid look at the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and mentions other great leaders during that time period. Abraham Li ...more
Fatima Siddiqi
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Lincoln: A Photo-biography by Russel Freedman was a unique take on a traditional convention of a 'biography'. Rather than the story of our president being told simply through narratives and accounts and historical details, it is told primarily through pictures. These black and white photographs were almost on every other page and took up entire spreads at times.

I've read different biographies written on President Abraham Lincoln before, but this photo-biography was definitely ALOT more enjoyabl
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading history and, in particular, American history. This means a good part of that reading involves Lincoln, simply because he is such a powerful figure in our nation's development. Though I imagine I have read at least 40 books devoted to Lincoln over the years, I never even considered reading this one before taking this course. When I saw it listed as a 'Newbery,' I quickly located a copy. Nevertheless, my fear was that it would be a children's history and thus either superficial, hag ...more
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Russell A. Freedman was an American biographer and the author of nearly 50 books for young people. He may be known best for winning the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography.

He grew up in San Francisco and attended the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press and as a publicity writer. His nonfiction books ranged in
“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)” 5 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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