Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell FreedmanLincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

Lincoln: A Photobiography

byRussell Freedman

Paperback | August 1, 2003

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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&nbspillustrated 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 courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book's final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites.This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Informational Text).

Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City.
Title:Lincoln: A PhotobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 0.46 inPublished:August 1, 2003Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395518482

ISBN - 13:9780395518489

Appropriate for ages: 10


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating book about Lincoln! I read this biography aloud to my children, which won the 1988 Newbery Medal. Abraham Lincoln was a man who came from meagre beginnings. His poor family lived in a log cabin in Kentucky, and his family moved to Indiana when he was seven years old. He was largely self-taught, and he was rarely spotted without a book in his hand. He had an interest in politics from the age of 23. He schooled himself in law and passed the bar in 1837. He married Mary Ann Todd, who many considered was above his social class. The upper-class citizens laughed at his unrefined manner of speaking and gangly appearance. Freedman gives us an inside glimpse into the life of Abraham Lincoln. We learned a lot about Lincoln’s personality, and we were amused that he preferred to let his children run amuck in the White House. He did not have a firm disciplinary hand towards his children, and he was never one to deny his children anything. “It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.” – Abraham Lincoln Lincoln and his wife were both absolutely devastated when two of their sons died in early childhood: Eddie died at the age of three years in 1850, and Willie died at the age of 11 years in 1862. Freedman takes us through all of Lincoln’s political career right up until his assassination. The photographs had a huge impact on our understanding and aided in taking us back to this time period. This is a fascinating book about Lincoln, and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2013-03-21

From Our Editors

In this 1988 Newbery Medal Book, Freedman tells the story of Abraham Lincoln with photographs and prints, providing a vivid look at the life and times of one of America's great leaders. 90 black-and-white photos and prints.

Editorial Reviews

A realistic, perceptive, and unromanticized photobiography of Lincoln, including a sampler of quotations from his writings and speeches." - Booklist, ALA, Editor's Choice"Eloquent. . . . A human portrait of a politician honorably confronting the most vexing issues of his era. . . . This biography feels astonishly real." - The New York Times Book Review "Few, if any, of the many books written for children about Lincoln can compare with Freedman's contribution. . . . This is an outstanding example of what (juvenile) biography can be. Like Lincoln himself, it stands head and shoulders above its competition." - School Library Journal "