Leave It to Abigail!: The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams

by Barb Rosenstock (Author) Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)

Leave It to Abigail!: The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

In this inspiring tribute, award-winning author Barb Rosenstock and New York Times bestselling artist Elizabeth Baddeley tell the true story of one of America's greatest founding mothers: Abigail Adams.

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.

Publishers Weekly

This biographical picture book bills Abigail Adams as a woman who rose to every challenge. The book's title acts as a refrain as readers see Abigail fly in the face of her era's niceties ("Everyone knew that good girls kept quiet"), manage a complex household and farm on her own during wartime, suggest to her husband rights for America's women, and serve as his closest presidential advisor. The artwork combines elements of cross-stitch needlework with illustrations that have a high-spirited, comic-strip sensibility, and the story moves along briskly as Abigail's life and her loving, often epistolary relationship with John unfolds in tandem with the birth of the new republic. While an author's note acknowledges that Abigail did not believe women should be equal "in the modern sense," both Rosenstock and Baddeley tell her story with plenty of verve and forthrightly feminist swagger. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

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Barb Rosenstock
BARB ROSENSTOCK is the author of the Caldecott Honor Book The Noisy Paint Box; Vincent Can't Sleep; Through the Window; and Mornings with Monet, all also illustrated by Mary GrandPré, as well as many other books. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband, sons, and two big poodles. Visit her at BarbRosenstock.com.

ERIKA MEZA is the illustrator of Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena. She was born in Morelia, in the Mexican state where monarch butterflies go for the winter. She grew up in awe of the phenomenon, and carried the image of the butterfly as a piece of home when she moved to Paris to follow her dream of becoming an author and illustrator. Her themes are born out of the exploration of her migrant essence, her bittersweet relationship with change, and her attachment to innocence and curiosity. She now lives in London. Learn more about Erika at ErikaMeza.com or on Twitter at @ErikaDraws.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
February 20, 2020

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