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Abraham Lincoln (Dell Picture Yearling Special) Paperback – April 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Dell Picture Yearling Special
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (April 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440406900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440406907
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

A Caldecott Medal Book, A Child  Study Children's Book Committee: Children's Book  of the Year.

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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.


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Customer Reviews

The illustrations are beautiful.
K. Smith
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.
bmarsh@iamerica.net
This is definitely a more extensive history than that of many "children's" books.
R. Miller

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Miller on November 11, 2008
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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bmarsh@iamerica.net on May 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whyzit on April 14, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book based on the fact that it is a Caldecott award winning book. Although I find the illustrations, and most of the story, intriguing I put it in the same category as the Babbar books: slightly outdated and inappropriate in many places for young children.

The inappropriateness centers around portrayals of American Indians, and African Americans. In one part of the book Native Americans are essentially referred to as "indian givers;" starting a skirmish over land they sold and wanted back. African Americans are referred to as "negroes," and are drawn as what I would refer to as caricatures of black people.

Yes my son enjoyed some of the images, but no, I don't want him using the term "negro". I'm not sure how this is "revisionist," as one reviewer mentioned. I didn't buy the book as a piece of history, I bought it to read to my child before I put him to bed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Hardin on February 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Smith on March 9, 2010
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on September 9, 2012
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This book is a great book for young readers. My son is in fourth grade and was easily able to read this book and understand it. It gives a great overall look at Abraham Lincoln's life at a level a fourth grader can handle well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bloch on March 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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