Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

by Candace Fleming


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The award-winning author of Ben Franklin’s Almanac and Our Eleanor has created an enthralling joint biography of our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, and his complex wife—a scrapbook history that uses photographs, letters, engravings, and even cartoons, along with a fascinating text, to form an enthralling museum on the page. The Lincolns received four starred reviews and won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Non-Fiction, making this the perfect addition to any collection.

Here are the extraordinary lives of Abraham and Mary, from their disparate childhoods and tumultuous courtship, through the agony of the Civil War, to the loss of three of their children, and finally their own tragic deaths. Readers can find Mary’s recipe for Abraham’s favorite cake—and bake it themselves; hear what Abraham looked like as a toddler; see a photo of the Lincolns’ dog; discover that the Lincoln children kept goats at the White House; see the Emancipation Proclamation written in Lincoln’ s own hand. Perfect for reluctant readers as well as history lovers, The Lincolns provides a living breathing portrait of a man, a woman, and a country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375836183
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,112,105
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of many critically acclaimed, bestselling books for children. She lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2008:
"The scrapbook technique . . . remains fresh and lively, a great way to provide a huge amount of information in a format that invites both browsing and in-depth study."

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, 2008:
"Fleming offers another standout biographical title, this time twining accounts of two lives—Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln—into one fascinating whole."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, October 2008:
"It's hard to imagine a more engaging or well-told biography of the Lincolns."

Starred Review, Horn Book Magazine, November/December 2008:
"Fleming is able to compare and contrast the president with his first lady, giving us not only greater insight into each of them but also a fuller picture of the world in which they lived."

Review, New York Times Book Review, November 9, 2008:
"The format of 'The Lincolns' may be aimed at young readers, but, given Candace Fleming's unerring eye for the dramatic quotation (with the Lincolns, there were a lot of those), this birth-to-death biography of Mary and Abraham is hard to put down even for readers who know the story."

Review, New York Times Book Review, November 16, 2008:
"This dual biography is hard to put down, even if you know the story."

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Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This dual biography details the lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln from their births to deaths. However, the book is not always strictly chronological, choosing instead to group items of interest by topic rather than linear progression. The author makes up for this by providing a timeline at the beginning of the book (although perhaps placing the timeline at the end of the book would be more appropriate). Rather than being strictly narrative, the author provides small snippets of information placed on the page in columns reminiscent of a newspaper's pages. In this fashion, the author is able to flip back and forth between Abraham and Mary's lives easily. She is also able to include here and there little "fun facts," as I would call them, which would not fit into a traditional biography.Subtitled "A Scrapbook Look," the book collects not only the photographic images typically included in biographies, but also images of letters, first drafts of speeches, newspaper articles, and so on. A particular favorite of mine was the inclusion of a recipe for Mary's white cake ¿ "the best I've ever eaten" according to Abraham Lincoln (p. 41). The book addresses the large elements of the subjects' lives (winning the presidency, assassination, etc.) as well as the seemingly mundane (games made up by their children, what they ate for dinner, etc.). As the author explains in the introduction, "it is the everyday events ¿ the dinner table conversations and the complaints about ill-fitting boots ¿ that truly bring the Lincolns to life. It is the mundane that makes them real. And it is the ordinary that will, I hope, leave you feeling as if you have just visited old friends" (p. ix). It is my opinion that author succeeds at these goals. The book ends with supplementary material: a bibliography, an annotated webliography, extensive notes, and an index. The only downside I see to this book is that it is marketed for children. It seems to me that this well-researched, extensive biography is beyond the attention spans of most children (unless they are really, really into Abraham Lincoln) and is better suited for an adult audience. Unfortunately, I think many adults will miss out on this book because it wouldn¿t occur to them to look in the children's section for a well-documented look at the Lincolns' lives.
spaztastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4P. Radical change is present in the scrapbook format and the vast variety of information and the tome gathers together that otherwise might take some serious work for those interested in the lives of th Lincolns to collect and sort through. In fact, the amount of information collected is breathtaking and might be more than a little daunting for younger children (and perhaps some older children). Even so, it's a thorough history of the Lincolns and offers a fascination peek into their lives before they--Mr. President in particular--became larger than life figures.
Jmmott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the same vein as her book on Eleanor Roosevelt, Fleming distills a tremendous amount of information into a readable and engaging scrapbook. Some of the images used have not been printed anywhere else, as per the author's lecture to my non-fiction course. The research that went into this title is obvious through each of the small sections. It is easy to read either small or large amounts of this book at a time as there are lots of breaks in the organization that do not ruin the flow but allow for non sequential reading.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book offers and in depth look at the Lincolns. Students will enjoy browsing through the different pictures and stories. While it is a huge book, it is one that readers can visit again and again.
9cc01bev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! The stories and text are great, and the pictures are magnificant. I also like this book because it is of my interust. I didn't dislike this book at all.
mikitchenlady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well written, approachable volume about the Lincolns, offering a balanced view of both Abraham and Mary Todd. Excellent addition to a middle school library, perhaps also to an elementary library. Fleming uses a scrapbook format to introduce new ideas, stories in the lives of thes two important historical figures, from birth to death, including photographs, digital copies of letters and speeches, recipes, and other details to bring this period of history to life.
bellalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful and incredibly informative. The format is beautiful, and the author has a valid interest in Lincoln. This is a worthwhile investment for your bookshelf, especially if you have an interest in the Lincolns.
cshupp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I had no idea that this extenisve a history of their lives had been compiled. I had completely no idea how much mary was into the supernatural at the end of her life. There was so much great information in this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little book, that tells a lot and shows great photos. This is a good history book that you can put down and pick back up over and over.
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