Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Audio Book
Lincoln: A Photobiography

Lincoln: A Photobiography

Spring 2009 Audio Book
Ages: 8 & Up
CD Price: $19.95
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.

This audiobook (the text of which won the 1988 Newbery Award for excellence in literature) provides a compelling view of one of America's most famous and influential political figures. Photographs provided through an enhanced CD offer an additional medium for listeners to absorb history. The CD package ends with two extra treats: (1) A "Lincoln Sampler" of famous quotes, and (2) an interview with Russell Freedman about the preparation of this photobiography.

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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