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Happy Birthday, Dear Abe!: A Lincoln
Yes, it’s the two hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, and what
with that fact and DC-bound Illinois senators being in the news
generally right now, there’s a lot of Lincoln in the air. This
list comprises both edgy recent explorations of the man and those
around him and time-honored biographies published nearly three-quarters
of a century ago, which when put together offer a revealing picture of
changing approaches in social attitudes and biography as well as of
Lincoln himself. Overall, he’s looking good: ten score
years seems to suit him.
--selected by Deborah Stevenson, Editor
Raymond. Where Lincoln Walked; written and illus. with
photographs by Ramond Bial. Walker, 1998. Gr. 3-6
There’s a you-are-there quality to Bial’s crisp and colorful
photo tour of Lincoln’s environs from childhood up to the beginning of
his presidency. (BCCB 2/98)
- Burchard, Peter. Lincoln
and Slavery. Atheneum, 1999. Gr. 7-12
In a balanced presentation of the great man’s strengths and
weaknesses, Burchard examines Lincoln’s views on racial issues, showing
him to be both a man of his time and a president moving toward the
future. (BCCB 7/99)
- Cohn, Amy L. Abraham
Lincoln; by Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt; illus. by David A.
Johnson. Scholastic, 2002. 6-9 yrs
An intimate yet informal narrative voice (“Imagine.
All his life he was so busy he barely had time to take a haircut”)
makes Lincoln’s life accessible to young audiences. (BCCB 2/02)
- D’Aulaire, Ingri and Egar
Parin. Abraham Lincoln; written and illus. by Ingri Parin
d’Aulaire. Doubleday, 1939. Gr. 3-5
Oversized pages, intimate narration, and lively color and
black-and-white art combine in an inviting, Caldecott-winning portrait
from this distinguished author-illustrator pairing.
- Fleming, Candace. The
Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary.
Schwartz & Wade, 2008. Gr. 5-8
Period photos add interest to this tasty and readable
scrapbook-style combined biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln.
- Freedman, Russell.
Lincoln: A Photobiography. Clarion, 1987. Gr. 5-9
Its creamy matte pages may betray its era of publication,
but this image-packed award winner remains a classic. (BCCB 1/88)
- Giblin, James Cross. Good
Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes
Booth. Clarion, 2005. (Gr. 7-12)
Okay, it’s not Lincoln exactly, but could you have the
Lincoln legend without Booth? Esteemed author Giblin offers a fresh
look at the assassination, its motives, and its effects, both personal
and national, in this fraternal biography. (BCCB 6/05)
- Hopkinson, Deborah. Abe
Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His
Forgotten Frontier Friend); illus. by John Hendrix. Schwartz
& Wade, 2008. 7-10 yrs
This self-aware account of a childhood incident in Lincoln’s
life slyly examines the way history is made and recounted even as it
tells a roaring good story. (BCCB 10/08)
- Marrin, Albert. Commander
in Chief Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Dutton, 1997.
Veteran historian Marrin focuses on Lincoln’s Civil War
leadership in this thoughtful biography enlivened with numerous
reproduced photographs. (BCCB 1/98)
- Rappaport, Doreen. Abe’s
Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln; illus. by Kadir
Nelson. Hyperion, 2008. 6-9 yrs
Able storytelling, clever selection of Lincoln’s own words,
and portraiture that ranges from monumental to intimate provide a
dramatic introduction to our sixteenth president. (BCCB 10/08)
- Sandburg, Carl. Abe
Lincoln Grows Up; illus. by James Daughterty. Harcourt,
1928. Gr. 5-9.
You won’t find source notes or contemporary viewpoint in
this classic Lincoln biography, but you will find the springy prose of
one American original describing the youthful life of another.
James Daughterty’s brawny line drawings add appeal.
- Winters, Kay. Abe Lincoln:
The Boy Who Loved Books; illus. by Nancy Carpenter. Simon,
2003. Gr. 2-4
This personable, gently humorous account of Lincoln’s youth
provides an appealing introduction to the presidential childhood.
- Zeinert, Karen. The
Lincoln Murder Plot. Linnet, 1999. Gr. 5-9
This detailed account explores the events leading up to and culminating
in Lincoln’s assassination, then chronicles the aftermath, both the
national response and the controversial trials. (BCCB 5/99)
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