In case you have not heard, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will be released nationally this weekend. Though the two-and-a-half-hour long, PG-13 rated film might not be appropriate for little ones, the five picture books about Abraham Lincoln listed below are.
Beginning with his birth on a cornhusk mattress in Kentucky, nineteen vignettes of Abraham Lincoln’s life form this seemingly simple biography. The authors pick very telling events from his life that depict his character-including his humor. The conversational style is intimate. The tall format of the book, with exquisite, muted pictures of ink and watercolor washes, enables the artist to emphasize Lincoln’s size through interesting perspectives and the bits of Lincoln’s body that spill out of the framed illustrations. A successful melding of text with illustration.
Author: Russell Freedman
Although most Americans are familiar with the accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln, Russell Freedman’s photobiography concentrates on Lincoln as a person –one who endured severe hardships and individual crises. The book begins with Lincoln’s youth and proceeds through his early days as a lawyer, his political beginnings, his complex relationship with his wife, his rise to the presidency, his problems with the slavery issue (and subsequent war), and his assassination. This journey includes Lincoln’s sobering losses of two sons at young ages, resulting in a period of severe depression as the strains of the Presidency increasingly took their toll. Listeners can put themselves in Lincoln’s shoes and imagine the torment of trying to manage a war in which over 600,000 American soldiers died in battle.
Our 16th president is known for many things: He delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address.He was tall and skinny and notoriously stern-looking. And he also had some very strong ideas about abolishing slavery, ideas which brought him into close contact with another very visible public figure: Frederick Douglass. Douglass was born a slave but escaped in 1838 and became one of the central figures in the American abolitionist movement.
This book offers a glimpse into the unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when racial tensions were high and racial equality was not yet established, Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared ideals and worked alongside each other for a common goal.