A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams (Picture Book Biography Series)
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A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams (Picture Book Biography Series)

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by David A. Adler, Michael S. Adler, Ronald Himler
     
 
John Adams was an American patriot and Founding Father, and Abigail, his wife, was his most trusted adviser for more than fifty years. While John served in both Continental Congresses, Abigail managed their farm within earshot of cannon fire. She later advised her husband through amusing letters as he served as our first ambassador to Great Britain. And when John was

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John Adams was an American patriot and Founding Father, and Abigail, his wife, was his most trusted adviser for more than fifty years. While John served in both Continental Congresses, Abigail managed their farm within earshot of cannon fire. She later advised her husband through amusing letters as he served as our first ambassador to Great Britain. And when John was elected America's first vice president and our second president, Abigail vowed to be his "fellow Laborer"--and she steadfastly lived up to her promise.

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This excellent picture-book biography introduces the childhoods, courtship, and family life of John and Abigail Adams as well as their years in public service. Fine-tuned to give readers a sense of their personalities as well as their significance in American history, the succinct text uses details of daily life and short quotes from the Adams’ private letters and public pronouncements very effectively. Himler’s graceful and well-composed drawings are brightened with luminous washes. A list of important dates in the Adams’ lives, source notes, and a selected bibliography are appended to this fine entry in the Picture Book Biography series.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Although neither one was impressed by the other when they first met, John and Abigail Adams grew to admire and love each other. Eventually, they got married and their marriage lasted for 54 years. This informational text highlights some of the couple's roles during the colonial period and the birth of a new nation. During his career, John Adams served as the first vice president, and later, the second President of the United States of America. Along with following John's career, readers have a glimpse into historical events of early American history and Abigail's thoughts based on her writings. The quotes from her writings provide interesting points for discussion and further research about the time period. Watercolor illustrations are featured in each layout; the gently sketched lines and soft colors in the pictures capture different moments during the Adams's lives. At the back of the book, there is a list of important dates. In addition, the quotations used in the main body of the text are listed; these quotes are referenced to their sources. The sources are listed in the bibliography which is helpful to initiate further research about the Adams. Students may also enjoy exploring the websites that are listed. The authors' notes include some additional interesting pieces of information. This book is part of the "Picture Book Biography" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—The Adlers' emphasis remains on John, but Abigail is acknowledged as an important collaborator in his life and work. The straightforward text presents a chronological account of Adams's life, including his unique role in defending the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre, his varied contributions to the founding of the United States, and his service as vice-president and president. While not flashy, the text is clear and accessible to young researchers. The softly colored watercolor illustrations of serene scenes perhaps do not do justice to the many dramas in the Adamses' lives, but they do provide a sense of the time period for young readers. This serviceable title will be useful in most libraries.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823420070
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/08/2010
Series:
Picture Book Biography Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Ronald Himler has illustrated many books for children, including "A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark" by David Adler, and "The Blizzard" by Betty Ren Wright. "School Library Journal" called his art "evocative" and pinpoints a "nostalgic appeal" that Himler "capture[s] so perfectly in...pictures." He lives in Arizona.

David A. Adler is the celebrated author whose work has received the Sydney Taylor Book Award and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, Golden Kite Award Honor, and Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book citiations. He lives in the New York City metropolitan area.

David A. Adler and Michael S. Adler have collaborated on several books in the Picture Book Biography series. A Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams was called "impressive" by Kirkus Reviews. Both authors live in New York State.

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Picture Book of John and Abigail Adams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a quality picture book to give to a young friend, the name of David A. Adler should be high on your list. He has written well over 100 books for young readers - our favorites among those are in his Picture Book Biography series. These books not only educate but entertain - Adler brings history to life, an initial introduction for many. A PICTURE BOOK OF JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS is Adler at his best, and also the fourth collaboration between father and son. We first meet Adams as one of three sons living in Braintree (now Quincy) Massachusetts. It was here that he enjoyed being out of doors, whether it was swimming in the summer or sledding in the winter. As a young man he went with a friend to the home of Reverend William Smith, which was where he met Abigail who was "small, sickly, and just fourteen." Their initial meeting didn't impress either one of them but as John continued to come to the Smith house to borrow books from Reverend Smith's library their feelings changed. As we now know they married, and Abigail was "his most trusted adviser, his dearest friend for more than fifty years." Adler traces their lives together through the Boston Massacre in 1770 and following when John displayed great skill as a lawyer. He soon represented Massachusetts at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and later served as a diplomat in France, spending much of the next ten years in Europe. Throughout this time Abigail managed their home and money. Time passed, the American Revolution ended and John Adams was elected vice president serving with George Washington as president. While he was an American patriot and a great man of his time, Abigail was an amazing woman. The book includes a list of important dates, source notes, and a selected bibliography. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke