#150 Lincoln: A Photobiography

Title: Lincoln: A Photobiography
Author: Russell Freedman
Release Date: September 25th, 1989 by Clarion Books
Format: ebook
Page Count: 160 pages
Literary Awards: Newbery Medal (1988)


Abraham Lincoln stood out in a crowd as much for his wit and rollicking humor as for his height. This Newbery Medal-winning biography of our Civil War president is warm, appealing, and illustrated with dozens of carefully chosen photographs and prints.

Russell Freedman begins with a lively account of Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood, his career as a country lawyer, and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd. Then the author focuses on the presidential years (1861 to 1865), skillfullly explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The book’s final chapter is a moving account of that tragic evening in Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Concludes with a sampling of Lincoln writings and a detailed list of Lincoln historical sites.

my thoughts

Saat teringatkan bahwa tema posbar bulan November ini, salah satunya adalah buku-buku pemenang penghargaan Newbery, saya langsung cek daftar pemenang Newbery Medal. Di antara rentetan karya fiksi, terselip buku biografi ini. What, biografi presiden yang ditujukan untuk juvenile? How is it going to work? 

It turns out good. So good to read. Easy, but not making juvenile looks dumb because the vocabulary used in this photobiography was not childish. Can you get what I mean?

He is a clever man, and not so bad looking as they say, while he is no great beauty. He is tall … has a commanding figure, bows pretty well, is not stiff, has a pleasant face, is amiable and determined.

Untuk kisahnya sendiri, kisah tentang presiden ke-16 Amerika Serikat ini, juga sangat menarik. Secara fisik dan karakter, Lincoln adalah sosok yang remarkable. Apalagi Lincoln dikenal sebagai pionir emansipasi dan penghapus perbudakan kulit hitam. Kisah hidupnya yang memang dimulai dari bawah, hingga kemudian ia terjerumus ke dalam dunia praktik hukum dan politik sampai menjadi orang nomor satu di Amerika Serikat di akhir abad 19 itu, sangat menginspirasi. Cocok banget kalo buku ini menjadi panduan (kinda formal) storytelling di dalam kelas belajar-mengajar.

Bagusnya, buku ini telah ditunjuk menjadi semacam bacaan wajib di primary school. See, how wonderful would it be to have tools (and it didn’t have to be boring) so our kid know the history. Buku ini adalah sebuah medium yang bagus yang bisa dicontoh oleh para pendidik kita. Saat biografi pemimpin tak hanya dinikmati orang dewasa, bisa jadi kisah kepemimpinan mereka menanamkan bibit to dream BIG dan mengisi keteladanan ke dalam benak anak-anak.

Submitted for:

Tema: Newbery Book List

Newbery Project

Newbery Project

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