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Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial Edition) Paperback – September 22, 2008

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A well-rounded and well-proportioned outline of Lincoln's life...in an easy-running text unclouded by sentimentality. --The New York Times

There is nothing tentative about one's response to this book. It is love at first sight. [. . . ] apart from every other consideration, the book has a thrilling quality. As for children's appreciation, we believe that they too will be stirred by the sincerity of these pictures and text, each telling with noble simplicity and inevitable pathos the story of Abraham Lincoln. Yet his story has natural humor and action. The author/artists have been successful in finding incidents that will appeal to children's imagination and satisfy their love of incident. Lincoln's boyhood is portrayed with deep understanding of the life of a gangling boy in a backwoods cabin. He grows taller by the page and his face shows the recognizable features before he is grown. This is no brief picture book, but a balanced story of Lincoln's life, up to the last beautiful page that shows the tired war-president seated in an armchair beside Tad Lincoln. Irene Smith --Library Journal Review

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From his humble beginnings in the Kentucky wilderness to the peak of his career as President, this picture biography brings Lincoln to life for first-time readers.

"A well-rounded and well-proportioned outline of Lincoln's life...in an easy-running text unclouded by sentimentality."--The New York Times.

A Caldecott Medal Book, A Child Study Children's Book Committee: Children's Book of the Year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Beautiful Feet Books, Inc. (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893103269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893103269
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a terrific book that should be part of a home library and would be enjoyed by children of multiple levels. This is definitely a more extensive history than that of many "children's" books. The omission of the end of Lincoln's life may be considered a plus to some parents who are not ready to share that part or a disapointment to those who desire a more complete biography.

It's unfortunate that the negative reviewer suffers from the "politically correct" and "revisionist" history taught in modern times.
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This famous book on Abraham Lincoln (emphasizing his growing up) by the great children's book authors, the d'Aulaires, is as fresh as ever. A sparkling cover. Fascinating and charming illustrations, based on their own visit to the locations. Clear, absorbing text. Deserves it's fame. A wonderful introduction. Great fun.
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This is a children's book about the life of Abraham Lincoln. First written and illustrated in 1939, it was expanded in 1957. Most of the book focuses on Lincoln's early life. The illustrations resulted in the book being awarded the 1940 Caldecott Medal for best illustrations in a children's book. It is a book that helps children learn more about U.S. history and a great president. It is also a book that should be on the shelf of any serious student of children literature.
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After reading comments by another reader on the dated, and possibly offensive, depictions of African-Americans and Native Americans, I reread this book, a childhood favorite of mine. I do think the reader has a valid point and i discussed them with the mother of the child to whom I planned to give the book. After this discussion, we decided that it was okay for me to send the book. Some of the drawings of African-Americans are caricatures and offensive to me. My decision in which the child's mother concurred, was that given the parents' inclusive values they could help to place these drawings in their historical context. Also, this book is only one of numerous resources from which the child is learning about Abraham Lincoln.
I still like the book very much. I have remembered a few of the illustrations since the book was read to me when I was six years old. I especially like the attention the book pays to Sarah Bush Lincoln, Lincoln's stepmother, who played an important role in his childhood.
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I'm reading this book with my daughter as part of her U.S. History lessons (she's 5) and she really enjoys it. I like the book, I think it's well written for younger children... The only things I take exception with are:

a) the use of the word "Negro," and
b) the way that Black people are drawn caricature-esque in the book.

I understand that the word is "appropriate" considering the time that it was written, and I'm familiar with the way that African Americans have been depicted in mainstream art and culture through the years, so I'm not SURPRISED, but I think it is worth noting.
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I'm so glad the Beautiful Feet Company was able to bring this book and others by the same authors back into circulation. This is a wonderful story and an excellent way to teach your children history. I love the character values all of the D'Aulaire books instill in the reader. The illustrations are beautiful. I have enjoyed these books as much as my children and they will be given a very special spot on the shelves of our family library.
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This famous little book on Abraham Lincoln's incredible historic life is a must for children and their parents and grandparents too! The unbelievable illustrations show elegance, beauty and true inspiration. I can see why this book won the 1940 Caldecott Medal for illustrations. Introduce your children to American History with this classic book!
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This picture book about the life of Abraham Lincoln won the Caldecott Medal. It is perfect for preschoolers through elementary school. It tells the story of Abraham Lincoln, growing up poor, his love of learning and good character. He would work hard and become successful as an adult.
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