Gr 2-4-Adams is introduced as a bright, curious individual whose thoughts about freedom and equality transcend her domestic chores. Though women's rights were meager in the 18th century, this strong-minded lady managed to make a political statement by brewing "liberty tea" and weaving her own cloth to avoid buying British goods. Her numerous letters included all sorts of advice from tips on etiquette to how to run the country. Though her first duty was to her husband and children, she never relented in her desire to abolish slavery and bring equal rights to women. This picture-book biography introduces readers to the upheavals of revolution that resulted in the reorganization of the country into a democracy. It portrays the wife of a president and mother of another as a woman who was ahead of her time. It is written for a younger audience than Clare H. Meeker's Partner in Revolution: Abigail Adams (Benchmark, 1997) or Francene Sabin's Young Abigail Adams (Troll, 1997). Full-page, colorful pictures in a folk-art style contribute greatly to the text, capturing the daily life, clothing, and household routines of the times.-Ilene Abramson, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Abigail Adams, wife and mother of American presidents, with a remarkable story of her own, gets a rather dull introduction to her life in Wallner's (Sergio and the Hurricane, 2000, etc.) picture-book biography. Wallner's text plods through Abigail's life, noting important dates and events, particularly the birth of all her children. Abigail supports her husband in his fight for independence at home, where she runs the family farm and manages the finances and her growing family. She also joins Adams in England when he is ambassador there. Later, she becomes the first president's wife to live in the White House. Abigail is shown as a strong woman, disappointed in her efforts to win a place for women and blacks in the new Constitution. Readers learn about Abigail's thoughts and personality as she matures from child to adult, from homemaker to public figure, but unfortunately we do not hear more than a few phrases in Abigail's own voice. Abigail, who is known through her many published letters, was a lively and interesting correspondent and little of that liveliness permeates this effort. The author's folkart-style illustrations depict a homely group of colonialists in pleasantly colorful detail. A timeline and bibliography would have been helpful to young researchers. This intelligent, early feminist and civil-rights advocate deserves better. (Biography. 8-10)