I once had a daughter who was too busy to read. She played basketball, soccer, kick-back, volley-ball and every sport imaginable. She just didn’t want to sit still to read. I was a bit concerned because I loved to read and wanted to share my love of reading with her.
A is for Abigail- An Almanac of Amazing American Women is written by Lynne Cheney and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser.
Almost by accident we one day discovered that she liked to read about real girls who were strong, independent women. I think she saw herself in them and so over time she read many books about amazing women. This is a book she would have liked.
“I look for the day…when the only criterion of excellence or position shall be the ability and character of the individual; and this time will come.” Susan B, Anthony
Reaching high and working hard are recurring themes in the lives of the amazing women in this book.
• Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn a medical degree
• Mary Katherine Goddard was commissioned by the Continental Congress to print the first signed copies of the Declaration of Independence
• Anna Jarvis loved her mother very much and because of her Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914
• In 1847, Maria Mitchell discovered a comet in the night skies and became an astronomer
• Rosie the Riveter- when all the American men went to fight in World War II, women filled their jobs
• Rosalyn Yalow (a medical physicist, won the Nobel Prize in 1977)and other women in science and math are good role models
• Babe Didrikson Zaharias and all the other strong athletic women such as: Peggy Fleming, Althea Gibson, Mia Hamm, Julie Krone, Marjorie Dickey, Gertrude Ederle, Mary Lou Retton, Nancy Lopez, Wilma Radolph and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Although only 48 pages long this book is packed to the brim with information. Each colorful page portrays an amazing woman and her remarkable achievements - working through the alphabet from A to Z. Young girls from 6 to 12 years old will be interested in this book. There is so much detail on each page I encourage you to let them enjoy the book first and then sit together to read all the details and discuss their feelings and thoughts.
A is for Abigail and Rosie the Riverter Action Figure
Note:I checked this book out of my local library to share with my granddaughter who is very much like her mother.
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