Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Abigail Adams

Jill C. Wheeler

Abigail Adams was an influential part of the development of the new United States of America. She was the wife of the second U.S. President, John Adams, and mother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams. Growing up she had the opportunity to hear opinions from many people, government and political leaders, her prominent family. Abigail listened to conversations around, and learned from her mother to be active in the community. She was not afraid to share her opinion … she voiced her beliefs, she supported the fight for independence from Great Britain, she supported education for women, she was against slavery … even though most of her opinions were not very popular. Her husband was an attorney and traveled a lot. To keep their relationship strong they wrote letters back and forth for 39 years, amounting to more than 1,000 letters. She and her husband had seven children, unfortunately two did not live very long.

This is a very informative book on a woman who was in the midst of one of the most iconic times in our nation’s history, the American Revolution, and the writing of the Declaration of the Independence. Included is a Timeline, a Did You Know?, a Glossary, and an Index. I recommend this book for home libraries, public and school libraries. It is a good reference tool for school projects. This book is not available at the publisher’s web site.

BIBLIO: 2010, ABDO Publishing, Ages Gr 3 - 6, $25.65
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Junior Novels / Reader Series
ISBN: 978-1-60453-629-4

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 1/2510

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