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Lincoln: A Photobiography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Respect for Lincoln

    This is a wonderful Newbery Winner. This book would fall under biography in the list of genres. It is a story of Abraham Lincoln from his young life in Kentucky until his last days as President of the United States. We learn about how Lincoln felt self-conscious of his lack of education and sometimes feared public speaking. Contrary to this, he was an excellent speaker regardless of his education and social status. Lincoln was self-educated and worked his way into a career as a country lawyer. We find out that his wife's family wasn't very approving of Lincoln's courtship to Mary Todd. After their marriage we gain an understanding of Lincoln as family man and the agony he suffered at the loss of his son Eddie, who was only three. This was probably a heartbreak that Lincoln never recovered from. This book depicts Lincoln as a hard-working, honest man with a sense of humor who strived hard to reach his goals. A man that stood up for his beliefs and helped change the course of history through the Civil War. After reading this book I gained a great deal of respect for ou fourteenth President. I purchased this book and intend to have my children use it as a future reference. There were many pictures that accompanied the text, which made the book even more enjoyable. This book was very well written and organized which made it even easier to comprehend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    An outstanding biography of a great man.

    The North¿s hopes of winning the war are fading and it looks like slavery will never go away. After a series of bad generals, Abraham Lincoln finally finds a good one named Ulysses S. Grant. Lincoln and Grant lead the North to victory and abolish slavery. This book is a biography that tells about Lincoln¿s whole life. Lincoln goes from a country boy to the president. This was an outstanding book that shows what a great man Abraham Lincoln was. I like how the author gave a clear description of what Abraham Lincoln was like. He was a very tall, slender man. Abe had a bony face, and a solemn expression. For part of his life, he had a beard. But it wasn¿t his idea to grow it. A little girl wrote a letter to him and told him that he¿d look a lot more handsome with a beard. And he took the advice. Lincoln was an informal man. Before he was president, he would greet guests in a short-sleeved shirt and slippers. Abraham loved to read. He really liked poetry. Abe would always carry a book around and after he was done plowing, he¿d read. I learned that Lincoln had trouble finding good generals during the Civil War. One of the first generals for the Union was named General Irwin McDowell. He was supposed to lead his troops to Manassas, and then to Richmond. His troops met up with the rebels at a little creek called Bull Run. The Union lost badly. General George B. McClellan served later in the war. He trained his troops for months. Eventually, everyone grew tired of waiting for him to fight. Lincoln wanted McClellan to attack by land, but instead McClellan attacked by sea. He proceeded too slowly, and the rebels got time to ready their defense. Lincoln didn¿t have any better luck with General Henry Halleck. The General¿s ideas were good, but he had difficulty making decisions. I liked how the pictures helped me visualize the story. Both sides of the war had young soldiers. A photo shows a boy in a soldier uniform. He doesn¿t look like he¿s older than fourteen years old. You know that the Civil War was a gruesome war, but a picture in the book shows dead soldiers lying around at Antietam. John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln during a play at Ford¿s Theatre. An illustration shows Booth running across the stage with a knife. It shows Lincoln slumped over in the balcony. This is a terrific book that you will learn a lot from, and it¿s very interesting. The story was very easy for a sixth grader to understand. Even if you didn¿t quite get the text of the story, there were pictures that would help you see different parts of history in Lincoln¿s life. This book also gave you a clear idea of why Lincoln abolished slavery. He felt slavery was unfair to African people, and was tearing the country apart. I¿d recommend this book to anyone who wanted to learn about one of the most important people in history. S.Howard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Great Book!

    This books theme is a biography about President Abraham Lincoln¿s life. They say Lincoln stood out in a crowd with this wit and rollicking humor. This book is full of illustrations chosen photographs and prints. It begins with Lincoln¿s childhood, his career as a country lawyer and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. There where many complex issues he was dealing with like the Civil War and slavery. It tells about his final hours at the Ford Theatre on April 14, 1865 the night he was shot. The author of this book Russell Freedman is a nonfiction writer who prefers to be called a 'factual author.' He says that's because lots of people think 'nonfiction' is less interesting and less important than fiction. He chooses only topics that he is interested in and wants to learn more about. He likes to write about people in history who have character traits that stand out and make them memorable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013


    I had to read this for school a few weeks ago and it was the best Lincoln biography i hav ever read. Not that i read Lincoln biographysall the time. But it was really good!

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