Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

by George E. Sullivan
     
 

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Acclaim for Helen Keller and Abraham Lincoln:

In Their Own Words biographies focus on famous people who left a record of their own lives. Beginning with an explanation of the difference between primary and secondary sources, Sullivan seamlessly interweaves information about his subject with excerpts from primary sources. In the case of Helen Keller, Sullivan uses her autobiographical works; for Lincoln, he draws on speeches and letters. Both Keller and Lincoln have been covered in numerous biographies for young people (Sullivan's own Picturing Lincoln was published last fall), but these volumes are worthwhile. The short chapters, large print, simple vocabulary, straightforward narrative, and attractive illustrations, as well as the addition of the subjects' own words, make them fine choices for early-grade biographies. They fit nicely between David Adler's Picture Book Biography series books and more challenging volumes such as Russell Freedman's classic Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987).
--Booklist

... These may not be unique biographies, but they are still well written, fast moving, and highly readable, squeezed into a small format that should appeal to many students. Both books feature black-and-white photos and reproductions, a useful index, a short bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and a short list of further readings, along with places to contact for further information. Certainly much has been written about how these two figures and many libraries will find their shelves already well stocked. Those needing more materials, however, will find these to be solid choices.
--School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Abraham Lincoln, with his face on the penny and the five-dollar bill and his story told in more books than any other American, made history in a dramatic and unforgettable way. His speeches are memorized and his quiet strength and impeccable honesty are identified to children as values to which they should aspire. Lincoln, our sixteenth president, touched lives because he was a common man who worked hard his entire life and achieved greatness because of his work ethic and belief in himself. This book tells his story in an interesting and concise manner that is sure to draw the attention of any young reader. The text is easy to read and the sketches of Lincoln throughout bring the man to life. A chronology of Lincoln's life and a biography, as well as a list of suggested further reading are found at the end of the book. It is part of Scholastic's "In Their Own Words" series. 2000, Scholastic, $12.95 and $4.50. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These biographies don't quite live up to their billing. At the beginning of each volume, the author discusses the differences between primary and secondary sources and the importance of using primary sources whenever possible. These introductions and the series title imply that the books rely heavily on the actual written and spoken words of the subject. Instead, what readers will find are perhaps a few more quotes than are common in biographies for young people, but the approach is not shatteringly different. The question, however, is whether this matters. These may not be unique biographies, but they are still well written, fast moving, and highly readable, squeezed into a small format that should appeal to many students. Both books feature black-and-white photos and reproductions, a useful index, a short bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and a short list of further readings, along with places to contact for further information. Certainly much has been written about these two figures and many libraries will find their shelves already well stocked. Those needing more materials, however, will find these to be solid choices.-Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439095549
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/30/2000
Series:
In Their Own Words
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
707,772
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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