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The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham…

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

by Candace Fleming

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Stunning dual biography! ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
What a wonderful presentation of the lineage of the Lincoln's. I found the articles and clippings as well as pictures to be very fascinating.
Originally I thought the book would be specifically about Abraham Lincoln and Mary, but it ended up being about the entire family.
  audreydodge | Nov 27, 2012 |
5Q- This is an interesting biography of a mythical president and his famous wife. The author does an excellent job of representing them both in the scrapbook style design. The design and writing make the Lincolns approachable. The author includes details about them that are common amongst all of us. The style makes it easy to read in sessions, allowing the information to absorbed.
4P- Nonfiction is not necessarily the most popular, but this book will hook biography fans as well as those looking for a good story. Probably best for 10 and up.
  claudiathelibrarian | May 18, 2012 |
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. ( )
  Jmmott | Dec 7, 2011 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think if students read more books like this one, history would really come alive. The Lincolns presents an interesting, new look at a familiar topic. I especially enjoyed Fleming's use of material from that time (recipes, magazine ads,etc). This book would be a great resource to introduce students to multi-genre papers. Fleming also has very detailed source notes, making for a very reliable biography. ( )
  tiffanylewis0519 | Nov 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375836187, Hardcover)

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.

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Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other.

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