Friday, February 13, 2009

Lincoln for Kids and Teens

February 12 marked the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, and in preparation for this celebratory year, several new books have been written for children and teens about our 16th President. We'll review them on LitLinx one-by-one, beginning today with one of my favorites.

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary
By Candace Fleming
2008, Schwartz & Wade
200 pages; Recommended for ages 10 to 14
ISBN 9780375836183 $24.99

An in-depth and personal review of the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln, this book includes photographs, copies of documents, and highlights about the people important in Lincoln's life and times. The author spent five years researching, and it is evident in the quality and thoroughness of the finished work. Unique to this book is the new insight into Mary Lincoln's life provided by her recently recovered personal letters.

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