Bound To Stay Bound

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 Lincolns : a scrapbook look at Abraham and Mary
 Author: Fleming, Candace

 Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade Books (2008)

 Dewey: 973.7092
 Classification: Collective Biography
 Physical Description: xiii, 181 p., ill., maps, 30 cm.

 BTSB No: 341162 ISBN: 9780375836183
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865
 Lincoln, Mary Todd, -- 1818-1882
 Presidents' spouses -- United States

Price: $26.98

A unique, scrapbook portrait of the Lincolns--presented through actual documents.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 8.10
   Points: 14.0   Quiz: 125959
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 7.80
   Points: 19.0   Quiz: 45459

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   Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 6.RI Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
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   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/08)
   School Library Journal (+) (00/10/08)
   Booklist (+) (09/15/08)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (01/09)
 The Hornbook (+) (11/08)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 09/15/2008 *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” Lincolns. Once again, Fleming humanizes her subjects and offers a broader perspective on their times with cleverly juxtaposed facts, anecdotes, and images. One page, for example, combines an 1861 map of the divided U.S. with detailed descriptions of what the new president and First Lady each tackled the day after Lincoln’s inauguration (Fort Sumter and securing a dressmaker, respectively). Although the reproductions are often small and dark, the intriguing visual mix will easily draw readers and browsers alike. Included are paintings and etchings of heartrending historical events, church documents, handwritten notes, and political cartoons. Fleming’s writing, filled with quotes and personal details, is just as lively as the assortment of images, and an extensive time line, suggested resources, and source notes round out the text. Starting with her personal introduction, this exemplary resource will prompt readers to consider how an individual’s life story, and a country’s history, are constructed. - Copyright 2008 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2008 Gr 6 Up-What did this backwoods boy and this bluegrass girl have in common? Using her signature scrapbook approach, Fleming lays out the answer in a biography that gives equal emphasis to Abraham and Mary Lincoln for an insightful portrait of their lives. Her scholarship over five years pays off with a rich account that is personal and concrete. She recounts Mary's early life as a privileged-but motherless-child, her ambitions for her husband, and her role as "first lady" (a term originally coined for her). Large and small details are juxtaposed with specifics about Lincoln and broadened by Mary's significance. For example, a political decision was made regarding her attendance at the debates; Lincoln wanted to preserve his "common man" image rather than show off his refined and educated wife. Unlike most biographies, which conclude with Lincoln's death, this one follows Mary's story to the end, detailing Robert Todd's role in her commitment to an insane asylum, Tad's death, and her own demise. Presented in period typefaces, the boxed bits of text, sidebars, and numerous running heads and subheads add detail. From portraits to pets, the book contains a wide variety of graphics, including written and visual primary documents that enrich every spread. Notes, resources, and source notes are exemplary. It's hard to imagine a more engaging or well-told biography of the Lincolns.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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