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Leave It to Abigail!: The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams Hardcover – Picture Book, February 4, 2020
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―School Library Journal, starred review
"This lively biography chronicles some of the ways Abigail continued to surprise her contemporaries with her new ideas, strong voice, and constant courage."
―School Library Connection
"Through lively text, the author showcases the ways Adams was ahead of her time. The refrain, 'Leave it to Abigail,' adds a rhythm to the narrative, making thisa good choice to read aloud.Baddeley (I Dissent, 2016) adds humor and panache with her pencil-and-ink illustrations, adding an authentic feel through lovely cross-stitch finishing touches."
About the Author
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316415715
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316415712
- Dimensions : 8.9 x 0.55 x 11.4 inches
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (February 4, 2020)
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rosenstock, a go-to-author for me, brings the amazing Abigail Adams to life for young readers. In a period of time when women were not expected to do more than run the household, Adams did that and more including defying others' expectations (like about who she would marry, making the journey to France on her own to join her husband there, hosted French elite on a colonial budget, etc.). What stands out in this book is that Abigail was a life long learner, always up to the next challenging task or period of life.
Rosenstock plays with the repeating phrase "leave it to Abigail," using this phrase as a way to signify to the reader that Abigail will, once again, defy expectations, and go above and beyond. Her writing includes powerful "list like" sentences that reveal just HOW much Adams did--"She wrote congressmen, dined on the French admiral's ship, and met George Washington, John Hancock, and Ben Franklin." There's a rhythm to her writing that makes it perfect for reading aloud in k-3.
The illustrations are vivid and colorful and Baddeley incorporates cross-stitching as a border and of time-related images like a cannon, the American flag, a needle and thread, etc. LOVE the ILLUSTRATOR'S NOTE - she discusses the place of cross-stitching in that period--they were a "popular pastime for girls growing up in Colonial America" and frequently were used to teach girls the alphabet, numbers and "even Bible verses." While Abigail Adams wanted (white) women to have the vote, she also knew and respected her role in the community as a mother and wife. The cross-stitching theme is a fabulous way to frame the remarkable achievements of Adams while also reminding the reader of the cultural norms she respected.
Recommend for reading aloud to students. If they haven't studied this period of time, I'd definitely have a discussion before reading about women's status during the colonial period and what life was like then as well.