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The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary, Candace Fleming

Label
The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary
Title
The Lincolns
Title remainder
a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary
Statement of responsibility
Candace Fleming
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Award
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, 2009.
  • Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, 2009.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2009
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2008.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 6 Up— What did this backwoods boy and this bluegrass girl have in common? Using her signature scrapbook approach, Fleming lays out the answer in a biography that gives equal emphasis to Abraham and Mary Lincoln for an insightful portrait of their lives. Her scholarship over five years pays off with a rich account that is personal and concrete. She recounts Mary's early life as a privileged—but motherless—child, her ambitions for her husband, and her role as "first lady" (a term originally coined for her). Large and small details are juxtaposed with specifics about Lincoln and broadened by Mary's significance. For example, a political decision was made regarding her attendance at the debates; Lincoln wanted to preserve his "common man" image rather than show off his refined and educated wife. Unlike most biographies, which conclude with Lincoln's death, this one follows Mary's story to the end, detailing Robert Todd's role in her commitment to an insane asylum, Tad's death, and her own demise. Presented in period typefaces, the boxed bits of text, sidebars, and numerous running heads and subheads add detail. From portraits to pets, the book contains a wide variety of graphics, including written and visual primary documents that enrich every spread. Notes, resources, and source notes are exemplary. It's hard to imagine a more engaging or well-told biography of the Lincolns.—Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library --Janet S. Thompson (Reviewed October 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 10, p168)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fleming's five-year immersion in letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches and other primary documents yields a monumental visual chronicle of Abraham and Mary Lincoln and their times. The visuals range from the essential to the mundane—portraits, maps, battlefield scenes, political cartoons, dress patterns, a stovepipe hat and measurements for a pair of boots—and, along with clear writing and thematic organization, leave readers "feeling as if you have just visited old friends." Redressing a wrong committed by many histories for young readers, Mary Lincoln is portrayed here as a multidimensional woman of intelligence and social conscience, and the issue of slavery is clearly and concisely handled. The scrapbook technique, used previously in Our Eleanor (2005) and Ben Franklin's Almanac (2003), 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. Extensive end notes round out an impressive volume. (bibliography, websites, a note on research, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2008)
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
290172
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fleming, Candace
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Lincoln, Mary Todd
  • Presidents
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary
Label
The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary, Candace Fleming
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 158-176)
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xiii, 181 p.
Isbn
9780375836183
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007044113
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)180689984
Label
The Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary, Candace Fleming
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 158-176)
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
xiii, 181 p.
Isbn
9780375836183
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007044113
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)180689984

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