Abraham Lincoln (Caldecott Medal Winner)

by Ingri & Edgar D'Aulaire

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Hardcover, 1957


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J 92 Li


Doubleday & Co, Inc., Garden City, NY (1957), 64 pages


Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.

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LibraryThing member barnes08
This book is about Abraham Lincoln life. It starts out Lincoln as a baby in Kentucky. Abe went to school and learn to read and write at the age of six. They moved to Indiana because in was getting crowed in Kentucky. He was always kind. His mother died and his dad remarried. Lincoln hated slavery
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even when he was younger. Lincoln grew to be very tall. Lincoln study law and was successful. He married Little Miss Todd and had three kids.
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LibraryThing member AshleyHerrera
Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial Edition) by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire is a great biography book for young children. It's informative, yet easy to understand for a young readers.

I thought the book had great illustrations, and was a great portrayal of Abe's life. The story starts out with Abe as
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a young boy, which I think will appeal to children because they get to see the main character as a child himself. The story highlights all of the main points of Abe's life, and gives a great briefing of all of the general information that young children need to know.

This book would be an excellent story to read to a younger class. It could easily be incorporated into a theme about presidents or just historical figures.
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LibraryThing member amandaonfire252
This was an excellent book showing the life of Abraham Lincoln from young to old. The pages were also filled with great illustrations and showed abegetting taller by the page. Abewas a very influential person and President and this book shows some of that as well as his lighter side in his younger
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The story started out when abe was a baby, then he went to school to read and then later in life studied law. He was very successful in his travels,making people laugh and then everyone like him. He eventually becomes the President of the United States. Abe helps end the civil war and free the slaves.

I would use this book to teach about the Preidents of the U.S. and some historical figures. Possibly finding interesting facts about each one or giving each student one to study and do a presentation.
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LibraryThing member flyingmonkey5
If this book hadn't won the Caldecott, it probably would have been discarded from most library collections by now. Dated, with meandering text and uneven illustrations, this book doesn't have a lot to offer. Worse yet, the illustrations and text lean toward racism. The illustration of Black Hawk
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cowering behind Lincoln is truly cringe-worthy. The "Negro" crowd falling at Lincoln's feet is not quite the image I'm interested in sharing with children. There are better books available on the topic.
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LibraryThing member klordy66
Winner of the Caldecott Medal. Appropriate for grade K-6 because there is a great deal of vocabulary and it is a fun, historical story. The book is about the life of Abraham Lincoln, focusing mostly on his presidency during the Civil War. Addresses history, war, growing up, ambition, hardships,
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success, and patriotism. In the classroom, read aloud to young children during social studies lessons. Older students can use this book as a research resource when studying historical figures and the Civil War.
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LibraryThing member MelAKnee
Very detailed for a children's book. The illustrations were simple, but hold the attention of the reader. Easy and enjoyable to read despite it's length.
LibraryThing member MerryMary
A lovely picture book of the life of Abraham LIncoln. The prose is clear and straightforward, but the true delight is in the illustrations. They are a treat. An old favorite.
LibraryThing member scote23
Caldecott Medal Winner, 1940

I have always loved the d'Aulaire's books. I'm pretty sure this isn't actually the best biography of Lincoln out there, but I do so enjoy their illustrations.
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1940, this examination of the life of Abraham Lincoln for younger children is one of a number of picture-book biographies from husband-and-wife team Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire, including George Washington, Leif the Lucky and Benjamin Franklin.
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Opening in a small log cabin in Kentucky, the book follows its subject through his childhood and youth in Indiana and then in Illinois; his career as storekeeper, state politician and lawyer, and then national politician; and his years as President of the United States during the Civil War. It concludes shortly after the end of the Civil War, with no mention of the subsequent assassination of Lincoln.

Although there were some things I enjoyed about the D'Aulaires' Abraham Lincoln - I liked the folksy style of the narrative, which reminded me of stories of Tall Tale heroes that I have read, and appreciated the glimpse given into the childhood life of this most important figure in American history - there were also many things I did not enjoy. To wit: the scenes involving African-American and Native American people were painful to read, with condescending (and often inaccurate) text, and offensive artwork. The description offered of the war with the "Indians" in Illinois, when Lincoln was a young man - although not named, it is clearly the Black Hawk War of 1832 - felt rather glib to me, accepting without question that the settlers were in the right ("Sold is sold," said the people of Illinois, and went to war to chase the Indians out), when in fact the disputed treaty (of 1804) that led to the conflict is believed by many scholars to have been understood differently by the two sides. Just as disturbing as the smug tone of any passage dealing with non-Euro-Americans, is the visual depiction of African-Americans in the artwork. With inky black skin, round white eyes and exaggerated lips, they look unnatural, and are reminiscent of images of black-face.

I don't think, all told, that I would give this title to a young child, nor would I have it in my house, if I had children of my own. It's an interesting document of its time, and the vision of Lincoln during that period, but it is also dated. Recommended primarily to Caldecott completists, and to fans of the D'Aulaires' artwork.
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LibraryThing member MarissaWilliams
Abaham Lincoln BIcentennial Edition tells about the life of Abraham Lincoln from the time he was born up until he became president. As you turn the pages, he grows older. The book informs you that Abe started off studying law and he was not always successful. It also gives us insight on how
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he helped to end the civil war.

Personal reaction:
This book did a great job informing the audience and still telling a story. I didn't feel overwhelmed with facts, but instead intrigued by the things I hadn't known before.

Classroom implications:
1. Have students write out a plan for what they intend to do for a career when they are older.
2. Interview parents and try to make a story to share with the class.
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LibraryThing member samuelsaiz
I think this book had very good pictures. I think it is great for a picture book. It is good for a biography about President Lincoln because it basically covers him from youth to presidency and his time during the Civil War. I do think that if you want to read a book to better discuss his
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life could be other books, but this book is good to use for children’s to understand and use the vocabulary.
I would use this book to teach the children about history of our nation. I also think it would be good to use it to show kids they can become president and to set goals.
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LibraryThing member atinney16
Summary: The author was seeing Lincoln as a hero in this story. Lincoln had a goodspirit in this book but there was also some humor that was created. Lincoln stood against slavery in this book and the author felt like it was very imoprtant during this time. Lincoldn's integrity is illustrated
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throughout the book.
Personal Experience: Hearing how big of a hero Lincoln was known to be is great. It seems to sometimes get overlooked as a child and I can remember how teacher's were not big on teaching about Presidents.
Reflection: I could bring the five dollar bill to the classroom and show how Lincoln's face is on the five dollar bill. Students could draw the $5 and include Lincoln.
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LibraryThing member StephanieWeiner
This book is great for many reasons. Firstly the illustrations are amazing. The colors and scenes bring you right into the log cabin Abraham Lincoln grew up in and makes you feel part of the story. Also the book won the Caldecott Medal for Illustrations. Another reason I like this book is because
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it shows Lincoln life in a lively and entertaining manner. This is especially true I think for the ending when instead of finishing the story with Lincoln’s assassination, the author chooses to show Lincoln relaxing in his chair. You also get to see how Lincoln transformed into the leader he was through his various jobs.
I think the big picture is to never back down. Lincoln could have called the quits after he lost his run for office the first time but he never gave in and eventually fulfilled his goals.
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LibraryThing member homeschoolmimzi
I would give these D'Aulaire books 5 stars for the illustrations, and 3-4 stars for the stories. I enjoyed reading these books with my daughter for home school. Much more fun than reading short summary paragraphs of these historical figures in a dry text book.
LibraryThing member BookConcierge
This Caldecott-winner is a biography for young children. There is a fair amount of text, but also many detailed illustrations. It follows Lincoln from his birth to the end of the Civil War, though it does not mention his assassination.

I like the focus on his early life; he is shown to have a
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strong work ethic and a great desire to learn. There are several scenes depicting his efforts to get educated, including reading on his own. He is depicted as a man of strong moral courage, as well as a loving father. If I have any complaint, it is the depiction of the Blacks and Indians. I understand that this was first published in 1939, but I cringed at those illustrations.

The d’Aulaires were immigrants to America, and when the book was written the world was anxiously watching the events in Germany that would lead to a world war. They may have erred on the side of hero-worship in their portrayal of Lincoln, but I like that they portrayed a man willing to stand up against injustice.

All told, it’s a fine introduction to American history and particularly to the life of possibly the best President this nation has ever had.
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LibraryThing member DianeVogan
Very good bio of Lincoln for children with nice illustrations.
LibraryThing member LarisaAWhite
An illustrated biography of Abraham Lincoln; tactfully stops reporting prior to the assassination, and so is safe for sensitive children to read.


Caldecott Medal (Medal Winner — 1940)


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64 p.


038507669X / 9780385076692
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