"A" Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women


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Lynne Cheney and Robin Preiss Glasser collaborated on America: A Patriotic Primer, which captured the imagination of American children and became a national best-seller. Now they turn their hands to A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women and bring the great women of American history to life. Filled to the brim with words and pictures that celebrate the remarkable (although often unmarked) achievements of American women, this is a book to relish and to read again and again.
Mothers, daughters, schoolchildren, generations of families — everyone — will take Abigail Adams's words to heart and "remember the ladies" once they read the stories of these astonishing, astounding, amazing American women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689858192
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 09/16/2003
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 609,833
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD1030L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 Months to 12 Years

About the Author

Lynne Cheney’s most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, We the People: The Story of Our Constitution, illustrated by Greg Harlin. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers America: A Patriotic Primer, A Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women, When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots, A Time for Freedom: What Happened When in America, and Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America, and has written a memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences. Mrs. Cheney is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

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"A" Is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honey, get a grip. This is a children's book not a college thesis! I commend Lynne Cheney for trying to get as much information into a book that's purpose isn't to teach everything there is to know about slavery, suffering and minority battles to small children, but just to begin this lifelong journey. I hated history when I was a kid because it was taught so negatively and boringly. Only as an adult have I become fascinated with the subject.What this book does so well is it makes it look like it's an exciting subject to learn. The colorful, fun, action-filled illustrations are a lively way to get young children to be pulled into this subject. When they are older they can learn all the background and context. Do you think a 4 year old can understand any more than that?
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, Lynne Cheney reveals her love for America and her admiration for those who have contributed to its greatness through vision, talent, determination and hard work. Young readers will learn about women who have a place in history because they led the way in important fields. These women range from well-known figures like Betsy Ross and Annie Oakley to people like Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor; Mary Lyon, whose founding of Mount Holyoke College 'opened the doors of higher education to women'; and Marie Curie, who received Nobel prizes for her work in both physics and chemistry. This book is a rich compilation about the efforts of some of America's bravest and brightest female citizens, and should be in every home library. As with Cheney's America, this is a book best read together with parents. There's so much to explore and learn; it's a wonderful book to bring the generations together. Mrs. Cheney follows the formula she used so well in America: A Patriotic Primer. Robin Preiss Glasser's terrific illustrations bring this book to life. Although some readers may find the illustrations a bit busy, many others will find the unique style stimulating. Those who enjoy A is For Abigail might also enjoy another picture book entitled: Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee - A Bee's Bit of Wisdom, in which a young girl learns an important lesson about meeting life's challenges with courage and faith. Books like A is for Abigail and Ruby Lee the Bumble Bee are valuable tools for teaching children the importance of developing a strong character - the same sort of character upon which this great country was founded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! Heartily recommended for anyone raising Daughters, our Little Women, in today's world. Strong,determined women's stories that made a difference in difficult times in our country's history are throughout the pages of this exceptional book. Wish we had more authors who took the time, to write to, their young minds, with good literature, and wonderful art! Our young people deserve no less than this as an example.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for girls of all ages. Lynne Cheney does an excellent job with this book. She gives examples of inspirational women throughout time. The illustrations are outstanding.
amclellan0908 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cheney takes a specialized subject matter, women in American history, adapts it to fit an alphabet format, and then tells the story of women in America's history. Before we get to "A is for Abigail Adams," Cheney writes a note to the audience, of equal importance to the text, where she says, "There is also another story to tell, and that's of the amazing things women have achieved, often before their rights and capabilities were fully recognized." Some pages, like A and B, are devoted to one woman (Abigail Adams and Elizabeth Blackwell), while others, like "P" list a plethora of performers like Audrey and Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. At the end of the text, Cheney provides a 1-2 sentence biographical summary for the women listed on the different pages, which helps readers learn a little more about all of the women interested in the book. As high school ELA, I'm always looking for a new way to dress up the research process; while papers are a necessary evil, students use research for more than just research papers. Having them take a subject and research it in such a way as to manipulate the final product into the ABCs or 123s of provides a fresh take on the research process. I will probably use this form (ABCs of) to have my English I students research the life of William Shakespeare.
legaleagle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't normally read children's books, but I received this book as a Christmas gift from my parents last year and finally read through it in one sitting last night. I'm crazy for Abigail Adams, which was what initially caught my eye about this book and which was ample reason to ignore the author's name! That and all proceeds go to charity. This is a wonderful picture book that describes some of America's most important women through the alphabet and precious illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser. Many of the expected ladies were present - Abigail Adams, Emily Dickinson, Sandra Day O'Connor. But also some women previously unknown to me, including Elizabeth Blackwell (the first woman to earn a medical degree), Anna Jarvis (who is credited with starting the Mother's Day tradition), Mary Kies (the first woman to receive a patent), and many others. Nearly every profession and endeavor is represented, from authors and artists, to doctors, scientists, journalists, political figures, educators, inventors and entrepreneurs, aviators, performers and athletes. With a bit of history, a bit of feminism and a ton of inspiration, this would be a great gift to a little girl or boy in your life. Sure to drive home the message that men and women alike can do or be anything they can dream!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite person from history is Abigail Adams because she is brave. I liked the time she became a first lady because it was very exciting. Then, on the second election for President her husband, John Adams lost the election and Abigail Adams comforted him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter is studying women's history at college so I got her this book. The back is filled with pages of information of the interesting women illustrated within. I had to go out and buy a second copy because I had to have one after I saw the moving stage scene of all the performers. But now I've got to get one for my mother, for the page on mother's day is the perfect valentine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an inspiring book to women old and young. (If you are a girl) it makes you realize how amazing women are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter, but now that I've really looked at it, I'm buying it for all the terrific women in my life. It is inspiring and the big stage spread in the middle is incredible. Really - you MUST take a look at this book for yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A is for Abigail An Almanac of Amazing American Women by Lynne Cheney is brillianty written and elegantly illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Both Children and adults learn by different ways including sensory visual, hearing, reading, emotional this is a book that can be remembered for touching many senses. The challenges women have had to go through in life in order to succeed in and make a difference can be described as jubilent. There are many of us who are stars. Many before us have paved the way to give us courage and strength to prevail. This book will be a star in my literature file. I will share this work of art and history with my students. It's important to remember our past to give us the strength to make changes for the future. Thank you Mrs. Cheney for adding a quality book to our classroom shelves that we can be proud to share with our students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lynne Cheney proves with this second book that she has her brain and heart in the right place. This book has a lot to say about women that every child should learn about, and this book has even more style and pizazz than the America book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again, Lynne Cheney is teaching my family new ways to celebrate our country's history. This book tells the story of how women have shaped our country in terms that my children can appreciate with easy to read prose and eye-catching illustrations. From renowned names such as Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and Sandra Day O'Connor to less recognized but still significant leaders, Cheney gives a fresh perspective on the rightful role of women in America's history. My son, daughter, and husband will all enjoy this book.