The Lincolns by Candace Fleming

The Lincolns

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...

Details The Lincolns

TitleThe Lincolns
Release DateOct 14th, 2008
PublisherSchwartz & Wade
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, History, Childrens, Juvenile, Historical

Reviews The Lincolns

  • Josiah
    Abraham Lincoln was arguably the most popular subject of juvenile biographies during the era of Candace Fleming's writing career. It seems that every author of historical nonfiction for kids wrote at least once about the sixteenth president of the United States, trying to approach his life from a new angle and unearth fresh information to put Mr. Lincoln in perspective for generations who weren't born until hundreds of years after he first saw th...
  • Monica Edinger
    First of all, I admit that I've become friendly with the author. (She wrote me one of my very few fan letters for my book about teaching with primary sources: Seeking History.) But I'd known and admired her Ben Franklin's Almanac before she ever wrote me and some of her other picture books as well. (Her book, also in scrapbook style, about Eleanor Roosevelt, is also terrific.)But back to The Lincolns. This is a fantastic way to learn about this p...
  • 529_Gary
    This book has won the Horn Book Award. This book would be great for a middle school student to use for a project on the Lincolns. As I was reading this book, I was amazed and learned a lot of new things that I didn't know before. One of Lincoln's favorite books as a child, was Aesop's Fables. It was also interesting to learn that Lincoln was raised in a household that despised slavery. Lincoln had always seen slavery as a horrible thing. I also d...
  • Jess
    The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candance Fleming, is the 2009 ALA Notable Book and a 2009 recipient of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. Living in Central Illinois where Lincoln spent much of his early life, including participating in the Lincoln-Douglas debates, I was excited to read this book and was not disappointed. Fleming gives an in-depth look at Abraham and Mary's life through a unique "scrapbook" form...
  • Amanda Paso
    The Lincolns is an entire timeline of Abraham Lincoln and his family. This story begins where Abe's life begins and follows him through his tragic death. The amount of information within this scrapbook is perfect the 'history-buff' or historical enthusiast, but may be a little overwhelming for others. I was personally very overwhelmed by the shear amount of information that is provided within the pages of this text. This would be considered a com...
  • Elisa Gutierrez
    This scrapbook of The Lincolns offers an in depth look at the public and private versions of this couple. Filled with actual news clippings and articles from their public lives, this book is a strong resource guide to anyone who wants to learn more about these interesting people. It is not for the causal reader as it requires purposeful focus or a true dedicated Lincoln fan to manage the dense information provided in this book. It would be great ...
  • Beth
    Through the use of photographs, letters, engravings, and even cartoons Candace Fleming tells about the lives of both Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln. In this book you will learn about both of their lives from young children to their eventual deaths. The author does a fantastic job painting a picture not only of their lives, but also of the era in which they lived. After reading this book you feel as if you know each one personally.
  • Cheney
    A museum in a book! Walk your eyes through the lives of Abraham and Mary, how they came to be, met, and survived the ups and downs of life together, culminating in their deaths. Chalked full of illustrations of items that visually guide you. The reader is taken on an in-depth journey into two intellectual lives who were both very strong willed, bold people, who shared political interests as well as a love for one another resulting in a true partn...
  • Clinton Senior
    We all agree we liked the book. It was an interesting way of presenting the history of Abraham and Mary. Even the Lincoln enthusiasts learned somethings about them, especially Mary. But we had an interesting topic of who the audience was. We didn't think a school aged kid would pick this up to read for fun.
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  • Kristen Carson
    Book Information:The genre of this book is nonfiction and a biography. The reading level is seventh and eightieth grade.Summary:The book, The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, tells a very in depth story of both Abraham Lincoln and Mary Lincoln before meeting, during their lives together, and their deaths. This biography goes into great detail about both of their lives prior to meeting one another and how their courtship was very bu...
  • Amy
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The book is done in a scrapbook fashion. There are drawings, photographs, maps and cartoons all done in b & w, which would be appropriate for the time. There are stories that are 1/4, 1/2 or a page long and than other little snippets of info. scattered in between. Some info. that I really appreciated:"Man's Best Friend" (pg. 8)Abraham borrowed, read, and returned every book he could get his hands on. Over and over ...
  • Maryann
    Summary: Award winning author Candace Fleming tells the story of Abraham Lincoln our sixteenth president and his wife Mary. The biography of Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary is setup in a scrapbook format, which to me resembles pages of a newspaper. Each page includes different fonts and pictures assembled together to create the perfect scrapbook of Abraham and Mary’s life. The lives of Abraham and Mary are presented chronically from birth to ...
  • Veronica Smith
    This book is full of pictures and letters that accompany the text of the book. This book is about the lives of Mary and Abraham Lincoln. It discusses how hard it was for both of them to grow up, the Civil war and how hard it was for them to date. This book shows Lincoln was more than a president, it doesn’t spit historical facts about what party he was or who his vice president was. This book tells that and much more; there is even a recipe for...
  • Hillary Forrest
    I selected this book, The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming, as my informational biography. This particular book won the 2009 Honor NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. I was intrigued by the book because I have always felt that Abraham Lincoln was a great president whom had an impacting effect on equality for all American citizens. I was excited to read more about him and especially edu...
  • Melissa Dwyer
    Originally rated G+ by Marta WilkinThis “scrapbook” biography consists more of vignettes than straight biographical narrative. The author uses many photographs, editorial cartoons, as well as other contemporary artifacts to make the times come alive. This book may keep the attention of students who would not read a straight biography. Extensive list of books and websites, as well as notes. Index.SLJSchool Library JournalGr 6 Up What did this ...
  • Toby
    I'm liking this book very much - lots of photos, personal information, i.e. Mary Lincoln's wedding ring was inscribed 'Love is Eternal', primary source documents and an old-fashioned typeface - but for kids, it may be TMI. After three weeks, I've picked The Lincolns up again and read through to the end. It's not that I don't like the scrapbook style of the joint biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. It's just that it lends itself to browsing, ra...
  • Emyers
    This biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was extremely in-depth and filled with information that I had never learned when I studied the Lincolns in school. The author, Candace Fleming, does an amazing job going over all aspects of the Lincolns' lives. This includes their childhood, before and after they were married, Abraham's legal and political career, the Civil War, and their children. This book had so much pertinent information in it that I...
  • Laura Mcclanahan
    Genre- historical non-fictionA fascinating book- "The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary" is a large volume of short segments of Abraham Lincoln's life from his childhood through his presidency and assassination. The short segments are set up as old newspaper clippings, with the old type writer font, edge-plate photographs, subtitles and captions. Though the text is daunting to read cover to cover, it is easily set up to peruse in seg...
  • Leah Gerber
    Candace Fleming used period photographs, letters, engravings, cartoons and more to create The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary. This is a biography of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. This book details about both Abraham’s and Mary’s early years separately, how they met, what their marriage was like, the kinds of burdens that they held and the outcomes of their decisions both politically and personally. The end o...
  • Katy
    From Booklist*Starred Review* Using the same innovative scrapbook format employed in Ben Franklin’s Almanac (2003) and Our Eleanor (2005), Fleming offers another standout biographical title, this time twining accounts of two lives—Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln—into one fascinating whole. On spreads that combine well-chosen visuals with blocks of headlined text, Fleming gives a full, birth-to-death view of the “inextricably bound” Lincol...
  • Samantha
    Many, many books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, but this one stands out for me. It's as much Mary's story as it is Abraham's and the author traces each of their lives from birth to death. The formatting is excellent! Each page resembles a period newspaper and presents information in chronological order with a focus on facts readers might not have read in other Lincoln books. The photos are used effectively to support text and include ma...
  • Jill
    Full of photos, clippings, letters, political cartoons, and more, this book offers a comprehensive look at the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in an impressive and thoroughly researched scrapbook-style format.It tells the story of both Abraham and Mary's very different upbringings, their courtship and marriage, Abraham's ascent into politics and his presidency, and much much more. Along the way, Candace Fleming presents m...
  • Mariah Olson
    The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming includes pictures, letters, clippings, and other visuals that give readers an inside look at the lives of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in a fun, engaging format. This book gives detailed stories about the very different lives of Abraham and Mary as they grew up and the hobbies and love interests that they have before they meet each other. It was ver...
  • Esther
    Published in 2008 by Schwartz & WadeInterest Level: 7-12th GradeThis is a great informational text about the complete biography of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The extensive research that Candace Fleming did about the Lincolns and her passion for the Lincolns pours through the book. There is a clear table of contents, the bibliography, index, many subheadings, and use of archival photographs throughout the book are some of the many great features of...
  • Angie
    This is a really fascinating biography of the Lincolns. I love the style of the book. The scrapbook style with the small chunks of information made it so much easier to absorb the information that long chapters of just text. And Fleming packed the book with primary sources. This is a great way to learn for younger readers who would get bored easily - this way they can read as much or as little as they want or they can jump around through the news...
  • Lynn
    Another marvelous book from Candace Fleming. I truly enjoy her "scrapbook" approach and started the book by dipping in and reading here and there. Within several pages though I was so engaged that I settled down to read it straight through. Fleming's writing is lively and immediate yet completely respectful of her audience. She always provides the essential historical background but I never felt that she was writing down to her audience. The pivo...
  • Duone
    I chose this book in an effort to branch out. First of all, even though I live in the "Land of Lincoln" and know the basic outlines of Honest Abe's life, I don't know much about the details. Also, I have almost zero experience with history books designed for children and adolescents.I liked that this book isn't a typical history book. As the title implies, the book is laid out like a series of articles about Abe and Mary that were clipped and add...
  • Jess
    Looking through this book is like looking through old family photos and letters - only with excellent research, stories, anecdotes, and ephemera. Oh, and if your ancestors happened to be the Lincolns. While Abraham often takes the spotlight, especially during the chapters dealing with the Civil War, Fleming never neglects Mary and we get an excellent sense of both her early life, before marriage and as a young wife, and her life after the assassi...