Lincoln: A Photobiography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1987 - 150 pages
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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 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 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).


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User Review  - Mackenzie Piper - Goodreads

I've always been really intrigued by and drawn to Lincoln while growing up. The title "Honest Abe" (though he disliked being called Abe, as I found out in this book!) always struck me. A man known for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alissa Sparks - Goodreads

I would have to say that this book is by far one of my favorite nonfiction books. This book will be an excellent way for students to learn about Abraham Lincoln and his life. It talks about how ... Read full review

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Russell Freedman has received nearly every children's literature award, including the Newbery Medal, several Newbery Honors, and the Sibert Medal, as well as a National Humanities Medal and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award. He lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

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