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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Series: DK Biography
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DK Children (January 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756608341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756608347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Stone went to performing arts high school in New Haven, CT and went on to major in English at Oberlin College (and study Voice at Oberlin Conservatory). After graduation she moved to New York and became an editor. Stone was an editor for more than a dozen years and has a Masters Degree in Science Education. She teaches Writing for Children at Champlain College.

After moving to Vermont, Stone became a full-time writer and has published more than 90 books for young readers. She writes picture books, nonfiction, and Young Adult fiction. Her newest nonfiction books have garnered some major awards. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick 09), received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, Jane Addams Honor, YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, Orbis Pictus Honor, and was awarded ALA's Sibert Medal for the best nonfiction book for young readers of 2010. The Good the Bad, and the Barbie won SCBWI's Golden Kite Award for the best nonfiction book of the year for 2011.

Her Young Adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl (Wendy Lamb/Random House) was an IRA Young Adult Choice, an ALA Quick Picks, an NYPL Book for the Teen Age, and SLJ Book of the Month. Her newest nonfiction picture books, Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote and Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder received starred reviews and were put on several state award lists. Elizabeth Leads the Way is also an ALA Notable, an Amelia Bloomer Award title, and a CBC Notable Social Studies Book.

Forthcoming titles include picture books about Elizabeth Blackwell and Jane Addams, as well as a YA nonfiction book about the first black paratroopers in WWII called Courage Has No Color.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin and am in frame of mind to be spending more time reading about Abraham Lincoln. Tanya Lee Stone's volume for the DK Biography series is "A photographic story of a life," but that does not mean young readers are going to be confronted with just photographs and captions (although such books about Lincoln certainly exist). Her introduction speaks of the nation's fascination with Lincoln, touching on the many reasons he is one of the most beloved figures in American history. Stone emphasizes the idea that it is because Lincoln believed in the Declaration of Independence's proposition that "all Men are created equal." Before Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address those words were not considered as sacred as they are today. Without Lincoln at Gettysburg you do not have Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial (a statement that is true on several significant levels).

Stone covers Lincoln's life in a fairly concise manner, and while the book begins trying to show how a poor boy from the wilds of Kentucky could grow up to become president of the United States, it ends up trying to explain how Lincoln became the sort of man and president that is remembered. This juvenile biography tries to provide a fresh point of view based on the latest scholarship, so young students who have been reading books about Lincoln and the Civil War may notice some different viewpoints, but only if they have really been paying attention to when those other books were written. The result is more than an introductory biography, so this volume serves as an intermediate look at Lincoln's life. Those familiar with Lincoln's life will be well aware that there are more facts behind everything here (e.g.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 11, 2012
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"DK Biography : Abraham Lincoln" was an interesting book. This book would do well for people that want to know a little more about Abraham Lincoln than most others. A nice thing is the book could be read from someone 1-100, and they would be interested. Actually, I caught my dad reading it one night. What made me like the book was how it was filled with those interesting little details and pictures your average Social Studies book wouldn't have. Like how Abe's home looked and how he built and other stuff like that. I also sadly disliked the book a little bit because some of the Abe's love-life paragraphs weren't really that interesting for boys, or even needed that much. Abraham Lincoln's story needs to be remembered and retold because he was a big reason slavery was abolished. This was a terrific biography.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 2, 2010
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I use this book for a 5th grade class! It is awesome with pictures and little side definitions to add to the story of Abraham Lincoln. Anyone can enjoy this easy read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H. Race VINE VOICE on June 20, 2010
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This little collection of stories and photos is excellent. Even though written probably at a junior high level, it is interesting and makes all the salient points about our great president,always moving forward. The photos are outstanding and show all the important figures leading up to the Civil War, and also during the trying times for our nation: Mary Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Robert Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, General Grant and Lee, Dred Scott, etc. I intend on buying a few copies for my grandchildren to remind them of these important years in our history. Good job, Tanya Lee Stone. The printing, paper and binding are high quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carolyn lewis on April 24, 2013
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A very nice pictorial overview of Lincoln and better understanding of Mary Todd Lincoln. I really wish we had him as our president today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Cavallo on January 21, 2010
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This book was purchased for my 7 year old grandson as a Christmas present. He really likes Mr. Lincoln. The book was in wonderful condition, as described by the buyer. The shipping time quite good, considering it was almost Christmas. Thanks!
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When I visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Musuem (for the second time) last October, I saw this book at the cash register when I was buying my other purchases. I quickly thumbed through the book and saw that it had lots of pictures of things in the Lincoln era and since I love looking at photographs and painting from times gone by, I decided on an impulse to buy it.

I think that this is a great book to introduce children (children from about the 3rd grade up) to a more in-depth look into the life of Abraham Lincoln. The language would be easy for a child to understand and the author explains any word that she thinks that a kid would have a hard time knowing what it meant. The book is only a 128 pages, which is not too long for children to read and not get bored.

But I also think that this is a great book for adults too. I'm currently 24 and I enjoyed reading it. Lincoln's story always fascinates me and I enjoy reading any book that I can find about him. The only thing that I had a slight problem with is that the author tended to put Mary Todd Lincoln in a negative light. I would have preferred her to let her feelings about Mary come through.

So I would definitely recommend this book to both adults and children alike, who are interested in Abraham Lincoln's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2012
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I enjoyed the book although I thought it would be longer I would recommend it I read it all in one setting
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