The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
Age Range
8+
Release Date
October 14, 2008
ISBN
0375836187
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The award-winning author of Ben Franklin’s Almanac and Our Eleanor has created an enthralling joint biography of our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, and his complex wife—a scrapbook history that uses photographs, letters, engravings, and even cartoons, along with a fascinating text, to form an enthralling museum on the page. The Lincolns received four starred reviews and won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Non-Fiction, making this the perfect addition to any collection. Here are the extraordinary lives of Abraham and Mary, from their disparate childhoods and tumultuous courtship, through the agony of the Civil War, to the loss of three of their children, and finally their own tragic deaths. Readers can find Mary’s recipe for Abraham’s favorite cake—and bake it themselves; hear what Abraham looked like as a toddler; see a photo of the Lincolns’ dog; discover that the Lincoln children kept goats at the White House; see the Emancipation Proclamation written in Lincoln’ s own hand. Perfect for reluctant readers as well as history lovers, The Lincolns provides a living breathing portrait of a man, a woman, and a country.

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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

Candace Fleming had already won me over with her biography, Our Eleanor: A Scrapbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelts Remarkable Life, so I was excited to read The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. Fleming not only did not disappoint, she exceeded my expectations with this rich and impressive peek into the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.

I read every page and every caption that explained the history from birth to death of these amazing individuals. Everyone knows the basic history of Abraham Lincoln, but the author went far beyond log cabins and Fords Theatre. She delved into the individual relationships between Abraham and the many people who were a part of his life, most importantly, his relationship with his wife. Mary had such a fascinating background that much of the book discussed her own upbringing and her role in making Abraham who and what he was.

No stone was left unturned in this biography. A balanced view of the positive and negative aspects of each personality trait and action was presented, giving readers the scoop on subjects often skimmed by in general American history.

Aside from engaging, storytelling-style writing, readers can look forward to accompanying illustrations that dont frequent other Lincoln biographies. Dozens and dozens of photographs of the Lincolns, their children, their homes, and their companions fill the pages, along with copies of letters written in their own hands, receipts for purchases, ledgers, and famous speeches.

I came away from this biography feeling well-informed and satisfied. The book will have a permanent place on my bookshelf, right next to Our Eleanor, with future space left for Ms. Flemings next brilliant creation.
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