Leave It to Abigail
Leave It to Abigail
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Catalog Number: #6605240
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-41571-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-41571-2
Dewey: 973
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
This biographical picture book bills Abigail Adams as a woman who rose to every challenge. The book-s title acts as a refrain as readers see Abigail fly in the face of her era-s niceties (-Everyone knew that good girls kept quiet-), manage a complex household and farm on her own during wartime, suggest to her husband rights for America-s women, and serve as his closest presidential advisor. The artwork combines elements of cross-stitch needlework with illustrations that have a high-spirited, comic-strip sensibility, and the story moves along briskly as Abigail-s life and her loving, often epistolary relationship with John unfolds in tandem with the birth of the new republic. While an author-s note acknowledges that Abigail did not believe women should be equal -in the modern sense,- both Rosenstock and Baddeley tell her story with plenty of verve and forthrightly feminist swagger. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 35 Abigail Adams is depicted as a colonial powerhouse in this admiring, fact-filled picture book biography. She defied expectations right awayby surviving birth. Typical of girls of her era, she learned how to execute domestic chores but received no formal schooling; she devoured her father's library and eavesdropped on adults' conversations. She defied societal expectations that she marry for money rather than love and became the wife of country lawyer John Adams. The like-minded pair eventually moved to Boston, where they raised four children. When her husband traveled to Philadelphia to debate independence, Adams managed the household and engaged in their now-legendary correspondence that supplied him with valuable information and wise counsel, including her famous "Remember the Ladies" admonition. When the American Revolution ended, Adams sailed to Europe to be reunited with her husband, who had been appointed as America's new ambassador. Years later, when he was elected the second president of the United States, she became his most trusted adviser. Back matter features informative author's and illustrator's notes and a bibliography. Thumbnail portraits of 12 renowned women who fought for equality and women's rights, including Susan B. Anthony and Coretta Scott King, exemplify how Adams "left the hope of freedom to America's women." Appealing visual elements include expressive illustrations enhanced by cross-stitch-sampler designs in patriotic colors throughout and on endpapers. VERDICT Highly recommended for public and school collections. Use in American history, women's studies, and biography units. Carol Goldman, formerly at Queens Library, NY
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

In this inspiring tribute, award-winning author Barb Rosenstock and New York Times bestselling artist Elizabeth Baddeley tell the true story of one of America's greatest founding mothers: Abigail Adams.

Everyone knew Abigail was different.

Instead of keeping quiet, she blurted out questions. Instead of settling down with a wealthy minister, she married a poor country lawyer named John Adams. Instead of running from the Revolutionary War, she managed a farm and fed hungry soldiers. Instead of leaving the governing to men, she insisted they "Remember the Ladies." Instead of fearing Europe's kings and queens, she boldly crossed the sea to represent her new country. And when John become President of the United States, Abigail became First Lady, and a powerful advisor.

Leave it to Abigail--an extraordinary woman who surprised the world.

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