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Leave it to Abigail! : the revolutionary life of Abigail Adams / written by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley.

Rosenstock, Barb, (author.). Baddeley, Elizabeth, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library J 921 ADA (Text) 33500013209069 New Checked out 05/04/2020
Fertile Public Library J 921 ADA (Text) 33500013209077 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316415712
  • ISBN: 0316415715
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

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Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    Rosenstock (Through the Window, 2018) presents the story of an outspoken founding mother in this rollicking primer on the life of Abigail Adams, the second First Lady of the U.S. From a young age, Adams defied expectations of what was "appropriate" for women in the late eighteenth century. While the Revolutionary War was in full swing, she often provided intelligence on military movements. When her husband became involved in politics, she ran the farm and household alone, edited speeches, and entertained foreign dignitaries. 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 this a 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. Author and artist's notes accompany the text, giving more details and describing the impact the subject had on the modern role of women in leadership. A great selection for Women's History Month and Presidents' Day displays. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Barb Rosenstock is the author of the Caldecott Honor book The Noisy Paintbox, Otis and Will Discover the Deep, Blue Grass Boy, The Secret Kingdom, and Vincent Can't Sleep, among several others that have received numerous accolades and starred reviews. She lives in Illinois.

Elizabeth Baddeley is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling illustrator of such titles as I Dissent, The Cat Who Lived With Anne Frank, An Inconvenient Alphabet, A Woman in the House (and Senate), Women Who Broke the Rules, and The Good Fight, among others. She lives in Missouri.

Subject: Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818 > Juvenile literature.
Presidents' spouses > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Presidents' spouses > United States > Biography.
Adams, Abigail, 1744-1818.
Presidents' spouses.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Juvenile works.
Picture books.

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