February 12, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth,and there's sure to be a ton of media coverage surrounding the event. While there will no doubt be other Lincoln books published to commemorate the event, Abraham and Mary-- by Candace Fleming, author of the acclaimed Our Eleanor and Ben Franklin's Almanac-- is certain to be the MUST HAVE title for 10-14 year olds.
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 the perfect addition to any collection.
Here are the extraordinary lives of Abraham and Mary, from their disparate childhoods and tumultuous courtship, through the agony of the Civil War, to the loss of three of their children, and finally their own tragic deaths. Readers can find Mary’s recipe for Abraham’s favorite cake—and bake it themselves; hear what Abraham looked like as a toddler; see a photo of the Lincolns’ dog; discover that the Lincoln children kept goats at the White House; see the Emancipation Proclamation written in Lincoln’ s own hand. Perfect for reluctant readers as well as history lovers, The Lincolns
provides a living breathing portrait of a man, a woman, and a country.