Cover image for Abraham Lincoln
Title:
Abraham Lincoln
Author:
Cohn, Amy L.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Summary:
A simple biography of the Illinois lawyer who served the country as president through the difficulties of the Civil War.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.2 0.5 69922.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 2 Quiz: 27675 Guided reading level: P.
ISBN:
9780590935661
Format :
Book

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With a down-home, folksy flavor, Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt have written an unusual biography of Abe Lincoln that is sure to become a perennial classic.

In their first collaboration as storytellers since FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA, Amy L. Cohn and Suzy Schmidt tell Lincoln's story from his birth to his untimely death. Begining with his humble start in a log cabin in Kentucky, the authors take us through his young life working on the family farm, learning to read and write on his own with only the crudest schooling, his early love of knowledge, and the sad times when he lost his mother. They delve into his adult life as a lawyer, a father, a husband, a politician, a military leader and a president - all the while exploring the many facets of his character - his kindness, his wisdom, his compassion, and his wonderful, quirky humor. Readers will relish this flavor-rich biography that portrays a favorite American hero with rare sensitivity.


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Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Lincoln comes across as a lanky, likeable fellow who grows in stature throughout this large-format biography for younger children. Johnson, who previously illustrated Old Mother Hubbard (1998) and The Beggar's Magic (1996) takes a giant step here, creating a series of striking, memorable illustrations. The clean, expressive line drawings, tinted with subtle shades of delicate colors, portray Lincoln from the cradle to the presidency, and beyond, to the immortality of his image in the Lincoln Memorial. Cohn and Schmidt's verbal portrait of Lincoln is lively as well. Writing in well-cadenced sentences and phrases, they capture his humanity as well as his heroic role in American history. However, the brevity of the text makes it easy to oversimplify, introducing errors such as this statement: "Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves free." Actually, the document did not emancipate the slaves in states loyal to the Union, nor in parts of Virginia and Louisiana. Still, those who consider this a minor flaw will want to add this handsome book to their collections. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

From their opening sentences ("See that tall, tall man in that tall black hat? Know who he is?"), Cohn, who compiled From Sea to Shining Sea, and Schmidt, who contributed to same, effectively involve readers in this breezy picture-book biography. Typeset in large, bold-face letters, the first four words quoted above are stacked one on top of each other, mimicking not only Lincoln's imposing stature (he stands tall on the facing page), but the book's fittingly vertical format. Initially, the informal narrative seems as rough-hewn as Lincoln's early lifestyle: "He's a boy of seven now. My, he's strong. Strong enough to plow and plant 'longside his pappy." After anecdotally tracing Lincoln's peripatetic path, as he dabbles in various livelihoods, the authors note that he eventually began working "as hard with his head as ever he had with his hands." Turning then to a description of the man's political prowess and accomplishments, the prose becomes more polished and refined, as do the quotations revealing this remarkable leader's insight and eloquence. Like the narrative, Johnson's (Old Mother Hubbard) period-evoking, earth-toned art, rendered in ink and watercolor wash, evolves with the passage of time, moving from spare, grainy pictures to more clearly defined, sophisticated images. A balanced, artfully composed portrait. Ages 7-11. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-This picture-book biography of the Great Emancipator is a winner. Readers are taken from Lincoln's humble birth to his sad death, each of which took place on a cornhusk mattress. The writing is lively and irresistible: "-all his life his knees and nose got a little too friendly every time he sat down." There's a tall-tale feel to the text and to the illustrations. "School? Wasn't much time for that. Abe did go-by littles-." Pictures are done in pen and ink with watercolor washes. The palette is soft and muted. In one depiction, a sunburned Abe is shown building a log cabin. He's barefoot, shirtless, and his pants are held up by one suspender while a book lies open at his feet. Another shows him as wartime president, the weight of the world on his shoulders. Finally, readers are shown a rendition of the Lincoln Memorial. "He looks like a giant, doesn't he? He was." There are many fine titles on the 16th president, such as Ann Turner's Abe Lincoln Remembers (HarperCollins, 2001). Cohn and Schmidt's contribution has a wonderfully fresh approach and will grab the interest of young audiences in both classroom and library settings.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.