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


10 thoughts on “"A" is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women

  1. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    This is a wonderful book, but be prepared to spend quite a bit of time reading it Cheney has assembled a multitude of facts on women from scientists to writers to performers to teachers and the artwork is so intricate and detailed, sometimes a dozen orfacts or women mentioned per page, sometimes a border quote around the page and thenborder quotes around smaller portraits But don t think this is bland far from it It s so much fun to peruse, lots of treasures to discover I espe This is a wonderful book, but be prepared to spend quite a bit of time reading it Cheney has assembled a multitude of facts on women from scientists to writers to performers to teachers and the artwork is so intricate and detailed, sometimes a dozen orfacts or women mentioned per page, sometimes a border quote around the page and thenborder quotes around smaller portraits But don t think this is bland far from it It s so much fun to peruse, lots of treasures to discover I especially loved the fold out spread for the performers open the curtain to see everyone from Shirley Temple to Leena Horne to Lucille Ball I was quite impressed with the variety of women and eras presented, and American from a variety of ethnic backgrounds are included even Native Americans, which is rare And while a few times all the details do get a bit overwhelming the U for US section especially, as it tries to cover the history of the US on two pages and at times it seems Cheney fudges just a bit A is for Abigail and I is for Laura Ingalls while S is for the Second Wave of the Sixties and Seventies the overall effect is just wonderful I am honestly not sure how much young children would enjoy this book would they find the busy pages exciting or overwhelmingly cluttered The collection of facts interesting or boring However, it is definitely a worthwhile subject that slightly older children can and should be exposed to The NOTES in the back provide a bitinformation on certain topics and it is Cheney s goal that her book will simply sparkdiscussion and exploration among children and parents teachers


  2. Kaethe Douglas Kaethe Douglas says:

    Tokenism, glamor, and trivia, not history If the children in your life don t know the names of enough women singers or film actresses, this is for them Or if they need a timeline showing when poodle skirts and miniskirts were in vogue, this is the book For someone who professes to love history, and to believe A system of education that fails to nurture memory of the past denies its students a great deal, Ms Cheney has written an appallingly bad book.Okay, an alphabet book of women in Americ Tokenism, glamor, and trivia, not history If the children in your life don t know the names of enough women singers or film actresses, this is for them Or if they need a timeline showing when poodle skirts and miniskirts were in vogue, this is the book For someone who professes to love history, and to believe A system of education that fails to nurture memory of the past denies its students a great deal, Ms Cheney has written an appallingly bad book.Okay, an alphabet book of women in American history is unlikely to convey any important information, and I don t normally object to books whose focus is women neglected in mainstream history But this book doesn t help If anything it makes it all worse Women of color are so clearly tokens here Harriet Tubman was a brave and noble woman, but she s mentioned three times, and her s are the only references to slavery in the book Three Native American women are mentioned Pocahontas, Sacajawea, and Wilma Mankiller There arementions of Hollywood actresses all dead except for Lauren Bacall.This is the sort of book that brings up Amelia Bloomer repeatedly, while ignoring developments that affect millions, such as the criminalization of abortion and birth control in the mid 1800s, or the efforts of Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger, or even the gradual end of childbed fever as the number one killer of mothers This is a book that mentions The Industrial Revolution for providing mill work to women and children I cannot possibly heap enough scorn on this work I d forgotten about posting this review on , until they emailed me today to let me know someone had commented on my review I still hate the book, although I should at least mention that I like Glasser s illustration work very much


  3. Marian Marian says:

    Very impressive and inspiring book for girls featuring all types of prominent women in all fields from medicine to sports, science to the arts, historical and modern Very well done Lots of positive reinforcement and information, plus I collect alphabet books and this one is going to be purchased ASAP.


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    As a general rule I dislike books that single out a particular group of people Despite my reservations I was thoroughly impressed with this stellar alphabet book I love the format and the fact that each and every page is brimming with historical tidbits A wonderful addition to any classroom library and a great way to get children, both girls and boys, excited about history.


  5. Lisa Lisa says:

    This tribute to american women is a great addition to either the elementary or the middle school library So Many Women lauded Loved it


  6. Lily Lily says:

    I chose this book as my Valentine for my granddaughter currently 4 months I know it will be awhile before she can appreciate its contents and it is certainly far from the scope of the view I hope she has of women s roles in the world by the time she reaches seventeen, let alone ten or twelve But I enjoyed the book myself, found myself arguing over the choices and the formats, and know it is a fun supplement and contrast to other books already on her bookshelf Sometime when I visit, I shall I chose this book as my Valentine for my granddaughter currently 4 months I know it will be awhile before she can appreciate its contents and it is certainly far from the scope of the view I hope she has of women s roles in the world by the time she reaches seventeen, let alone ten or twelve But I enjoyed the book myself, found myself arguing over the choices and the formats, and know it is a fun supplement and contrast to other books already on her bookshelf Sometime when I visit, I shall compare this book with one by Chelsea ClintonShe Persisted, which I know one of her mother s bridesmaids had already gifted her The artwork was a pleasure to enjoy, even when one was a bit uncomfortable that the double page foldout was a curtain opening to feature women from the worlds of entertainment The illustrator, Ms Glasser, is apparently famous for her FancyNancy line of books Dr Cheney appears, like Jackie Kennedy, to have been able to use both her own education and interests, and perhaps her influence as wife to a powerful politician, to bring together and coordinate the talent of a number of contributors to create this book for Simon and Schuster


  7. Abigail Trithart Abigail Trithart says:

    I absolutely loved this book It is a beautiful illustrated book that tells the stories of the different American women who changed our world The book starts on page 1 with Abigail Adams representing the letter A and ends with Babe Didrikson Zaharias representing the letter Z I really loved how the author chose to use several different women for each letter, rather than just choosing one This book is a perfect read for a little girl who is interested in learning about the history of women I absolutely loved this book It is a beautiful illustrated book that tells the stories of the different American women who changed our world The book starts on page 1 with Abigail Adams representing the letter A and ends with Babe Didrikson Zaharias representing the letter Z I really loved how the author chose to use several different women for each letter, rather than just choosing one This book is a perfect read for a little girl who is interested in learning about the history of women in America Each page is uniquely designed to captivate a child s attention When learning about US History, we focus a lot on the men who created America This picture book can be used to help girls in the classroom choose a female to focus on


  8. Judine Brey Judine Brey says:

    I wish I had read this sooner While it is a children s book, it still offers great information, and the pictures are effective in drawing in readers I was especially impressed with the four page center pull out under P is for Performers, which illustrated a variety of women on stage, so the children would literally open the curtains for the performers My only qualm with this book was its formatting The words were occasionally written around the edges of the page or were placed in such a wa I wish I had read this sooner While it is a children s book, it still offers great information, and the pictures are effective in drawing in readers I was especially impressed with the four page center pull out under P is for Performers, which illustrated a variety of women on stage, so the children would literally open the curtains for the performers My only qualm with this book was its formatting The words were occasionally written around the edges of the page or were placed in such a way that they were difficult to read Otherwise, this is a delightful resource for young people In fact, I m donating my copy to the school library That s a better place for it


  9. Angie Angie says:

    While the pages packed with pictures, quotes, and bits of information were mostly fun to absorb, many of them were so packed and jumbled that it was difficult to find a good flow or even keep track of where and what we were reading Also, there isn t much depth to it We were left wantinginformation about many of the women mentioned in the book, since that was essentially what each woman got a mention It could be a great jumping off point for someone who wants to choose a person on whom While the pages packed with pictures, quotes, and bits of information were mostly fun to absorb, many of them were so packed and jumbled that it was difficult to find a good flow or even keep track of where and what we were reading Also, there isn t much depth to it We were left wantinginformation about many of the women mentioned in the book, since that was essentially what each woman got a mention It could be a great jumping off point for someone who wants to choose a person on whom to write a report


  10. Kate Urban Kate Urban says:

    This book isn t one of my favorites but I can certainly see times that I could use it in my classroom I love how it focuses on the important women in American history It would be a great supplement to regular history books when they talk about important women as well as showing some lesser known American women It is a very busy book and it is often hard for me to focus on it because of that I think that if you took the book a page a time or in smaller chunks then it is much easier to digest.