Where Lincoln Walked

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With vibrancy and immediacy, acclaimed photographer Raymond Bial brings to life Lincoln's world through a unique combination of his own contemporary photographs and informative text, as well as a variety of revealing quotes by Abe himself. Full-color illustrations.

Includes a brief biography of President Lincoln, a list of locations where he walked, and photographs of places, buildings, and objects significant in his life.

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Overview

With vibrancy and immediacy, acclaimed photographer Raymond Bial brings to life Lincoln's world through a unique combination of his own contemporary photographs and informative text, as well as a variety of revealing quotes by Abe himself. Full-color illustrations.

Includes a brief biography of President Lincoln, a list of locations where he walked, and photographs of places, buildings, and objects significant in his life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the most part, Bial Amish Home; The Underground Railroad takes sure, purposeful steps in his photographic reenactment of Abraham Lincoln's childhood and adult years. A skilled photographer, he is at his best with shots of such sites as the one-room log cabin in Indiana that Lincoln's father built when the boy was eight; Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln's home in Springfield, Ill. the only one Abe ever owned; and the Illinois state capitol in Springfield, where Lincoln served in the legislature and argued more than 200 cases before the state supreme court. With their quietly powerful compositions and often inventive lighting, these photos reflect Bial's expertise. The text, however, is less polished. The syntax strains through overlong sentences and the grammar occasionally fails a caption for Lincoln's house reads, in part, "Located near downtown Springfield, it was just a leisurely stroll for Abe to the state capitol". The pacing, too, is uneven; for example, the discussion of Lincoln's rise to national prominence is disappointingly brief. Happily, Bial redeems his writing by studding it with pithy quotations from Lincoln and those who knew him. With its view of Lincoln's world and its use of Lincoln's words, this book vividly conveys the personality of the man in the stovepipe hat. Ages 8-12. Feb.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6Another of Bial's beautifully executed photo-essays. This one follows Lincoln's footsteps over the backroads of Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. The crisp, understated compositions inspire readers to imagine Nancy Hanks just out of camera range near the rustic hearth of her old one-room cabin. In another cabin interior, children can imagine a long-legged youth climbing the pegs to the loft. They can see logs being split with wooden pegs and a broom leaning against the doorway of the Berry-Lincoln store in New Salem, IL. The work tables in the Lincoln-Herndon law office in Springfield look as though the partners have just stepped out. Readers can almost hear the noisy laughter of the Lincoln sons as they roughhouse around the rooms of their Springfield home. Bial's expressive text is as outstanding as his full-color photographs, a rich informative narrative that begs to be read aloud. This title concludes with a map, a list of places to visit, an excellent list for further reading, and a useful index.Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL
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“The facts of Lincoln’s life are well known, but Bial’s direct approach has immediacy that will make an impression on readers.”—Kirkus Reviews.

“Bial’s expressive text is as outstanding as his full-color photographs. A rich informative narrative that begs to be read out loud.”—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802786265
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 821,788
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Bial recently retired from his position as a college library director at the University of Illinois. He continues to create the beautiful photo-essays that have garnered him awards and high praise. His Amish Home was an ALA Notable Book, and, in a starred review, Booklist called his Tenement: Immigrant Life on the Lower East Side “an excellent example of how books can bring the past into the present.” Raymond lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his wife and two younger children, Sarah and Luke. His oldest daughter, Anna, is a fashion designer in New York City.

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