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A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing…

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women

by Lynne Cheney

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This was a great book with lots of information. Sometimes the book was difficult to read, with text going in borders around pictures and pages. There were also many pages so packed with names and information it was hard to make sure you'd read it all. Also, my eyes aren't all that bad, but sometimes it was hard to read the text. It is a tiny thing, but it bothered me that the structure wasn't the same throughout. Sometimes the letter was for a name and sometimes it was for an accomplishment. Drove me a little batty. But, there is a great deal of great information, especially in the endnotes of the book. Great illustrations. ( )
  TaraKennedy | Feb 19, 2015 |
A is for Abigail contains many short biographical sketches of women in American history. Each page has a theme: women of science, women writers, etc. There is a wide variety of women in the book. The illustrations fit the theme of each page. It is a good introduction to American history for 3rd graders. ( )
  aleader | Mar 20, 2014 |
This is a book that this through the alphabet listing historical American women.

Personal reaction:
I honestly hadn't realized there were so many great historical women. I wish it would have listed some more important facts about each woman.

Classroom extension ideas:
1. Create an almanac of great American men and their accomplishments. (Each student will be assigned a letter)
2. Let each student recreate an image of one of the women in the book.
  MarissaWilliams | Nov 18, 2013 |
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. ( )
  amclellan0908 | Apr 29, 2012 |
ABC of important women in American history. Full of facts and illustrations. Fun read!
  haldemac | Mar 12, 2012 |
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Soldiers, scientists, performers, writers, entrepreneurs, politicians, quilt makers, pilots... as author Lynne Cheney writes, "America’s amazing women have much to teach our children--and much inspiration to offer us, as well." Coming on the heels of America: A Patriotic Primer (Cheney’s previous collaboration with illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser), A Is for Abigail celebrates the achievements of women in American history, with a special emphasis on the individuals who helped win equal rights for women. As with America, Cheney uses an alphabet book format to introduce hundreds of remarkable real women: "O is for SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR and others who were first." In addition to the first woman Supreme Court Justice, the "O" page includes Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation; Jeannette Rankin, first female member of Congress; and Nellie Tayloe Ross, first woman governor. Glasser’s playful illustrations are lively and busy, inviting readers to explore Abigail Adams's farm or the crowded city block that houses "V is for VARIETY," with its DNA lab, dance studio, dentist office, and "PERSONS at WORK" sign. Snippets of information about each featured woman give a taste; ideally, readers will seek more in-depth biographies about the historical figures who pique their interests. (Ages 6 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an important woman in the history of the United States, as well as others in her same field of accomplishment.

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