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Abigail Adams
Wallner, Alexandra.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2001.
Physical Description:
28 unnumbered pages ; 24 cm
A biography of Abigail Adams, wife of second United States President John Adams, and a dedicated wife and mother who spoke up against slavery and for women's rights.
Reading Level:
620 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 46490.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.1 2 Quiz: 27377 Guided reading level: N.
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With vivid, folk-art style paintings and a simple, lively text, Alexandra Wallner tells the story of Abigail Adam's life. Born on November 11, 1744, Abigail was curious about the world from a young age. Though as a girl she could not go to school, she learned in her father's library, and reading and writing became important to her. As a teenager she met the young lawyer John Adams. They began to correspond, and later they were married. While John pursued a political career, Abigail assisted him in it, raised their large family, and efficiently ran their farm. Along with her husband, she ardently supported the American Revolution. She also believed that a country fighting for independence should not permit slavery, and that women should have the same rights as men. Abigail Adams felt her most important role was as wife and mother, but she was never silent about her opinions.

Author Notes

Alexandra Wallner went to college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N. Y. where she earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. She also met her husband, artist John Wallner. Together they created Greywood Studios. She has written and illustrated children's picture book biographies of famous writers, artists and historical figures focusing on their childhoods. What events made them who they became? She has also taught at library conferences, in international women's writing groups and done many school visits. Greywood Studios has relocated several times: Brooklyn Heights, Upstate New York, Philadelphia, Maine, Florida and now, Mexico.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8, older for reading alone. Wallner continues her picture-book biography series, which includes titles about Betsy Ross and Louisa May Alcott. This time, she looks at the wife of one president, the mother of another, and a champion for women. What Wallner makes very clear is that Adams was a strong, bright woman. Though she spent much of her time as a hostess and mother, she also managed the family farm and the finances and worked for her country in her own right. And while the book shows the closeness between Abigail and her husband, John Adams was nowhere near as enlightened as his wife. When Abigail wrote him a letter stating her views about women's and slaves' rights, he replied, "I cannot but laugh." Both the telling and the folk art^-style illustrations are a bit staid, but have some charms--for example, the quote from John above and the view of a busy colonial kitchen, where women weave, sew, spin, and cook as children both help and hinder. A solid choice for primary biography shelves. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Joining the likes of Betsy Ross and Beatrix Potter, Alexandra Wallner's newest biography, Abigail Adams, brings another famous woman to life. She depicts Adams as loyal, curious and determined to "[speak] up against slavery and for women's rights" during the time of the American Revolution, through to her days when, as First Lady, hers was the first presidential family to occupy the White House. Detailed full-page illustrations depict colonial dress and architecture. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Adams is introduced as a bright, curious individual whose thoughts about freedom and equality transcend her domestic chores. Though women's rights were meager in the 18th century, this strong-minded lady managed to make a political statement by brewing "liberty tea" and weaving her own cloth to avoid buying British goods. Her numerous letters included all sorts of advice from tips on etiquette to how to run the country. Though her first duty was to her husband and children, she never relented in her desire to abolish slavery and bring equal rights to women. This picture-book biography introduces readers to the upheavals of revolution that resulted in the reorganization of the country into a democracy. It portrays the wife of a president and mother of another as a woman who was ahead of her time. It is written for a younger audience than Clare H. Meeker's Partner in Revolution: Abigail Adams (Benchmark, 1997) or Francene Sabin's Young Abigail Adams (Troll, 1997). Full-page, colorful pictures in a folk-art style contribute greatly to the text, capturing the daily life, clothing, and household routines of the times.-Ilene Abramson, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.