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Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons (Orbis Pictus Honor Books Outstanding Nonfiction for Children) Hardcover – January 1, 2011

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"Offers both a wagonload of fascinating period photos and a case study in domestic tragedy and dysfunction." --Kirkus Reviews


* "A unique book, this is a must-have for all libraries." --School Library Journal, starred review


"A different view of Lincoln’s personality as well as an unusually detailed portrayal of children growing up in the mid-1800s. A solid addition to American history collections." --Booklist

About the Author

Harold Holzer, who served nine years as cochairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, has written, coauthored, or edited thirty-six books, along with chapters in several dozen others and more than 400 articles on Lincoln and the Civil War. His previous books for young readers are Abraham Lincoln the Writer and The President is Shot! Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Bush in 2008.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1060L (What's this?)
  • Series: Orbis Pictus Honor Books Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Calkins Creek (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590783034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590783030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, serves as chairman of the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. He has authored, coauthored, and edited forty-two books, including Emancipating Lincoln, Lincoln at Cooper Union, and three award-winning books for young readers: Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons, The President Is Shot!, and Abraham Lincoln, the Writer. His awards include the Lincoln Prize and the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

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Abraham Lincoln is a source of endless fascination to Americans of all ages; more books have been written about him than any other figure in American history. This new biography for young people by Lincoln expert Harold Holzer is a worthwhile addition to the pantheon of Lincoln books, and could be enjoyed by young people and adults alike.

The outlines of Lincoln's life are well known to most of us; this volume concentrates on Lincoln's personality as a father, the lives of his four sons, and what happened to the two sons that survived him and to their descendants, a story that most people are less familiar with.

Although Lincoln was famous for his wit and love of telling jokes, his private life was as imbued with personal sadness as his presidency was full of grief and sorrow for most U.S. citizens, a huge percentage of whom lost family members during the Civil War. Holzer chooses to begin his story with the death of Abraham Lincoln II, known as Jack--Lincoln's only grandson. Like three of Lincoln's own sons, Jack died tragically at a young age, succumbing to blood poisoning at the young age of sixteen.

Holzer then turns his attention to the Lincolns who came before Jack, as the authors puts it, "the story of the clan that might have become America's royal family but instead became America's cursed family--and then disappeared altogether." We learn about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln's courtship, their early married life (in which they initially lived in one room in a boarding house--quite a shock for Mary Todd who came from a wealthy family). Their first son, Robert, was followed a few years later by Eddie, who was a sickly child and died shortly before his fourth birthday.
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This book isn't just another story describing the triumphs of Abraham Lincoln. It goes deeper into his personal life and is beautifully written to be engaging and informative. It describes events before and after his presidency and has accounts from his sons and friends and others. There are many pictures of him and his family as well as writings and other pieces of history crucial to understanding this man. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in Lincoln or the Civil War to read this book. Especially if you want to know more about him besides how many battles he won on the field. It is like taking a peek at Abraham Lincoln's Family album and personal journal. Absolutely Fascinating.
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By Faye W. Sard on January 13, 2014
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My friend is doing some research on Lincoln's sons, and he said the book was very helpful to him - he was pleased!
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I am a lifelong admirer of our greatest President. I just cannot seem to ever get enough of books about Abraham Lincoln. This particular one focuses on the domestic life of Abraham Lincoln. The book is supposedly geared for teenagers, but all I know is that I read it as a middle aged man without feeling that I was talked down to at all. For people who are as enamored with our greatest President as I am, this made for fascinating reading from beginning to end, although it needs to be said that his home life was a disaster from beginning to end. I am not sure that i could find a bright spot in it at all. In a way, though, this points to President Lincoln's inner fortitude, how he was able to achieve such greatness despite such dire circumstances.
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