DK Biography: Abraham Lincoln
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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., the political maneuvering orchestrated by Lincoln to secure the Republican nomination for president in 1860), but then this is not intended to be a comprehensive biography and Stone certainly covers the key parts and provides a solid foundation for young readers to continue their study of Lincoln.

Even though this is a paperback sized DK book, it still has more than 100 photographs, artworks, and artifacts (it is always the latter that gives you a sense of visiting a museum, which is one of the chief attractions of the series). There are actually a few pages that do not have any illustrations, but even more end up with more than one, and the illustrations are always on point to the topics under discussion in the main text. Throughout the volume there are small boxes that define key words (e.g., "milk sickness," "reconstruction"), and sidebars that provide details about key people (e.g., Ulysses S. Grant, John Wilkes Booth), issues (e.g., Lincoln and Depression, Thanksgiving), and events (e.g., Nat Turner Rebellion, Dredd Scott Decision) in Lincoln's life. There is a two-page timeline of Events in the Life of Abraham Lincoln that actually extends beyond to the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922 and the completion of Mount Rushmore in 1941. Stone also provides a detailed Bibliography of mostly books but also a couple of films, Sources Cited, and a list of places to visit rather than things to read as the brief For Further Study section.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
"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
on November 2, 2010
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
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
on April 24, 2013
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
on January 21, 2010
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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VINE VOICEon April 3, 2008
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
on December 5, 2012
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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on June 13, 2015
I find every DK book is excellent, this bio of Abraham Lincoln is no different. DK is known for their travel books, but they do a just job on this bio. Not much historically new but is a great quick overview! Well-read Civil War Historians would find there is nothing new, but it is a well-edited and a beautiful book. It's only 128 pgs long, 7-1/2" x 5" in size. But truly worth adding to any extensive Civil War library. I'm happy to add it to my library. Extremely perfect for history class for pre-high school, and high school. Love it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2005
This is a very informative book that would be good for children in primary grades to read. The book seems to be easy reading and has information from the day Lincoln was born until the day he passed. I would recommend this book for children interested in researching Abraham Lincoln.
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