In Their Own Words : Abraham Lincoln

Series: In Their Own Words (Scholastic Reference)

by George Sullivan

Scholastic Paperbacks
January 2001

Ages 9 – 12 . Grades 4 – 7

Lexile measure: 780L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: T



If any personal description of me is thought desirable, it may be said, I am in height, six feet four inches, nearly; lean in flesh, weighing on an average, one hundred and eighty pounds; dark complexion, with coarse black hair and grey eyes-no other marks or brands recollected.

In December 1859, Abraham Lincoln wrote a brief history of his life for a newspaper article. The next year, Lincoln would be elected to serve as president of a divided United States. His strong leadership would change American history.

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln

· went to school for no more than a year?
· managed a general store?
· was asked to serve as governor of the Oregon Territory?
· lost two elections?
· asked African Americans to join the Union army?
· believed his Gettysburg Address was unsuccessful?
· was the first president to appear on an American coin?

In Their Own Words: Abraham Lincoln tells the exciting story of the life of the sixteenth president of the United States using his own writing and speeches. Children will hear Lincoln's story as if they were really there.
George Sullivan

George Edward Sullivan was born on August 11, 1927, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Between 1945 and 1948, he was in the US Navy, where he served as a journalist. He has written over 200 nonfiction books for children and young adults on a wide variety of topics. In 2005, his book Built To Last was honored with the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Sullivan is a member of PEN, Authors Guild, Authors League of America, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He lives in New York with his wife.


  • Acclaim for Helen Keller and Abraham Lincoln:

    In Their Own Words biographies focus on famous people who left a record of their own lives. Beginning with an explanation of the difference between primary and secondary sources, Sullivan seamlessly interweaves information about his subject with excerpts from primary sources. In the case of Helen Keller, Sullivan uses her autobiographical works; for Lincoln, he draws on speeches and letters. Both Keller and Lincoln have been covered in numerous biographies for young people (Sullivan's own Picturing Lincoln was published last fall), but these volumes are worthwhile. The short chapters, large print, simple vocabulary, straightforward narrative, and attractive illustrations, as well as the addition of the subjects' own words, make them fine choices for early-grade biographies. They fit nicely between David Adler's Picture Book Biography series books and more challenging volumes such as Russell Freedman's classic Lincoln: A Photobiography (1987).

    ... These may not be unique biographies, but they are still well written, fast moving, and highly readable, squeezed into a small format that should appeal to many students. Both books feature black-and-white photos and reproductions, a useful index, a short bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and a short list of further readings, along with places to contact for further information. Certainly much has been written about how these two figures and many libraries will find their shelves already well stocked. Those needing more materials, however, will find these to be solid choices.
    --School Library Journal


Paperback / softback

Perfect-bound Paperback

ISBN: 9780439095549

128pp. | 5-¼ x 7-⅝