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Book: Lincoln, A Photobiography
Author and Illustrator: Russell Freedman
Publisher: Sandpiper, republished in 1989
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Freedman, Russell. Lincoln, A Photobiography (published in 1987). Russell Freedman has authored a number of very good non-fiction books for young people. One of the earliest that we have used is Animal Architects from all the way back in 1971. Several years ago we purchased his The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane from 1991 which was a Newbery Honor Book in 1992. We liked it so much that when we were studying American history we checked his Lincoln, a Photobiography, which had won the Newbery Medal in 1988, out of the library. It is a very readable and useful biography of our sixteenth President with copious photographs.
The book begins with Lincoln’s younger years as the son of illiterate parents, goes through his law practice and run for the United States Senate, and ends with his Presidency during the Civil War years and his tragic death. One can learn a lot of history and geography by reading it with a period atlas handy. Other Freedman books include The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights, which was Newbery Honor Book in 2005; Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery, which was a Newbery Honor Book in 1994; as well as Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille; Cowboys of the Wild West; and The Adventures of Marco Polo.