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A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women Hardcover – September 16, 2003
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Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The back of this book includes Notes on the Text that provides details about all 28 of those poets and some of the First Ladies. The illustrations are by Robin Preiss Glasser, who collaborated with Cheney on "America: A Patriotic Primer." Hopefully one day young readers will be able to appreciate the details that Glasser puts into her art, such as having Carol Burnett in the infamous curtain dress from the "Gone with the Wind" parody and doing the painting of Mary Cassatt in the style of a Mary Cassatt painting.Read more ›
Is it any wonder that Writer Lynne Cheney and illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser begin their alphabet Almanac of Amazing American Women with Abigail Adams? Cheney, herself the wife of a Vice President and accomplished children's writer, and Glasser, a former ballet soloist and professional children's illustrator, have jointly produced several books about Americana: Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America and America : A Patriotic Primer. This one about women throughout American history is dear to the hearts of both women.
Because Abigail is first in many ways, she gets a two-page spread filled to the edges of the pages with depictions of life on the Adams farm, which Abigail ran single-handedly while John helped found a country. Glasser's illustrations are a delight to the eye. A child could spend quite a while on each of these pages, just reveling in the details of the lively illustrations.
B is for Elizabeth Blackwell, the center figure and the first woman to earn a medical degree, with four other healers in the four corners, plus names of nine other written in the empty spaces. It is fun to follow the trails of words and count the extra names.Read more ›
It's a shame that people see fit to dismiss authors and their works just because of who they marry and are not actually open minded enough to read the works before commenting.
But you the reader can see for yourself - I recommend you browse a few pages using the Amazon "Search Inside" feature (select "surprise me" in the book viewer to see an illustrated page from the book) and see what a terrific job the illustrator has done throughout in addition to the great range of women selected.
There are also lesser known forerunners: Mary Katherine Goddard, first woman publisher in America in the 18th Century, Elizabeth Blackwell, the 1st Woman to earn a medical degree.
Another story about the books namesake: A is for Abigail: we read about the impact Abigail Adams had upon the political process within the context of her time. How she participated in the US Revolutionary war in a different way than the men AND it was significant as well. We also learned how her vast letter writing to her husband, future president John Adams, effected our history, especially in her words, �I desire that you should remember the ladies.�
Excellent for girls and boys alike, this is one that can be visited again, and again, and again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
book is amazing, I never knew there were so many fascinating women in history, who had such an influence on our lives. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jill
I love using this book in my classroom! It helps make my students aware of the things they can accomplish while living in a man's world.Published 7 months ago by duckie
"A is for Abigail" is a beautifully written and illustrated book. It makes a wonderful gift or addition to ones own library. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Linda N. Penn
Too much information is crammed in on each page. Veritable visual overload.Published 8 months ago by chriss winsky