Abigail Adams: Adviser to a President

Abigail Adams: Adviser to a President

by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Tom Dunnington

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Gr 3-5-- A book that is so limited in information and in its depiction of Abigail Adams as a person that most students will be better off without it. Fradin presents Abigail Adams as a woman whose opinions, particularly with regard to slavery and womens' rights, were ahead of her time. He includes some historical background about the colonial period and gives a brief , superficial glimpse of John and Abigail Adams' life together. The black-and-white reproductions of paintings, photographs of historical sites, and drawings are the book's best feature. Fradin's text is choppy, made up mainly of simple sentences. Such statements as, ``John Adams had to make deals with European nations'' will give children no idea of his work as a diplomat after the Revolution or of the importance of establishing relations with other countries at that time. Abigail Adams' four years as First Lady are covered in approximately one page, and the fact that John Adams was not re-elected is never mentioned. Also, while Abigail Adams is admired today for her intelligence and strength of character, this book makes her seem opinionated and bossy. --Karen P. Zimmerman, I. D. Weeks Library, University of South Dakota, Vermillion

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Colonial Profiles Series
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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