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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Book Review - Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

TITLE: Lincoln: A Photobiography
AUTHOR: Russell Freedman 
PUBLISHER: Clarion Books
PUBLICATION DATE: November 16, 1987
FORMAT: Softcover, 150 pages
GENRE: Biography, Non-fiction
ISBN: 9780395518489
A description of the boyhood, marriage, and young professional life of Abraham Lincoln includes his presidential years and also reflects on the latest scholarly thoughts about our Civil War president. A Newberry Medal Book.


I read this biography aloud to my children, which won the 1988 Newbery Medal.

Abraham Lincoln was a man who came from meagre beginnings. His poor family lived in a log cabin in Kentucky, and his family moved to Indiana when he was seven years old. He was largely self-taught, and he was rarely spotted without a book in his hand. He had an interest in politics from the age of 23. He schooled himself in law and passed the bar in 1837. He married Mary Ann Todd, who many considered was above his social class. The upper-class citizens laughed at his unrefined manner of speaking and gangly appearance.

Freedman gives us an inside glimpse into the life of Abraham Lincoln. We learned a lot about Lincoln’s personality, and we were amused that he preferred to let his children run amuck in the White House. He did not have a firm disciplinary hand towards his children, and he was never one to deny his children anything. 

“It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.” – Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln and his wife were both absolutely devastated when two of their sons died in early childhood: Eddie died at the age of three years in 1850, and Willie died at the age of 11 years in 1862.

Freedman takes us through all of Lincoln’s political career right up until his assassination. The photographs had a huge impact on our understanding and aided in taking us back to this time period.

This is a fascinating book about Lincoln, and I highly recommend it!

#2 for my 2013 This isn't Fiction Reading Challenge 
#20 for my Monthly Mix-up Mania: 2013 to 2015 Edition     
Letter L for my 2013 A to Z Reading Challenge  
#11 for my Retreat's Reading Bingo 2013 Challenge
#21 for my Five-Year Reading Challenge: A Non-Fiction Adventure   
#36 for my Newbery Project  

#4 for my Take Control of Your TBR Pile: March 2013
#2 for my Spring Reading Thing 2013

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  1. I'll look for this book. Anything by Russell Freedman is great! Thanks for the review.

    1. Good to know, Joyce! I'll be sure to check out his other books!


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