Abigail Adams was a woman well before her time. She was too quick witted and quick tongued for most of the young men in preRevolutionary America. Only "the stuffy young lawyer," John Adams, "wasn't afraid of a young lady who was as smart as he was." They married, had siX children, and eXchanged letters filled with politics and passion all of their lives. Abigail becomes a very real human being in this biography, always confronted with her desire to live a quiet life on the farm with her family and the hardships caused by John's growing role in American politics. Young readers will learn about the everyday realities of colonial life. Abigail didn't know, for eXample, that the Declaration of Independence had been signed on July 4 until she received John's letter on July 13. She took public criticism about John's dress and manner very personally, even breaking a friendship with Thomas Jefferson when Jefferson wrote critically of Adam's political ideas. She constantly urged John to make sure to "remember the ladies" and treat them equally in the Constitution, but even John didn't take that idea seriously. The story flows easily and with great human interest. Blackandwhite illustrations break up the teXt. There is an indeX and a bibliography with recommended web sites, including the National First Ladies Library. 2001, Carolrhoda Books, $21.27 and $5.95. Ages 8 to 14. Reviewer: Karen Leggett <%ISBN%> 157505292X
Gr 3-5-These biographies emphasize the writings of two notable women. Since duty frequently called her husband away throughout their marriage, Adams often wrote to her spouse not only about family matters, but also about her political views. Child, an insatiable reader as a youngster, grew up to become a successful writer. Known for her poem "Over the River and through the Woods," she devoted her later years to working for the abolitionist movement and risked censorship. Both books draw on primary sources and support the view that these two women influenced history through their writings and beliefs. Some details about the times and places flesh out the life stories. These titles should interest students not yet ready to handle more in-depth treatments. One adequate, full-page, black-and-white illustration appears within each chapter.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.