Title: Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theatre * Author: Barbara Ann Mojica * Illustrator: Victor Ramon Mojica * Publication Date: October 22, 2014 * Publisher: Independent – eugenus STUDIOS * Pages: 38 * Recommended Ages: 4+ * Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: A single shot rings out; laughter turns to tears. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated, and history is changed forever. The theatre is closed and later collapses. Is Ford’s Theatre forever cursed or will it rise again to greater glory?
1. What is the book about? This book is about the Ford Theatre and it also talks about Abraham Lincoln dying.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? I really liked the cover and the pictures. I liked them because it was cool how they had real pictures and then Little Miss History in the picture. I like the picture with the big stack of books. I also liked the picture of Abraham Lincoln in the sky – it’s pretty and cool.
3. What is your favorite part of the book? I liked the name “Obadiah” because it’s fun to say.
4. Is there anything you didn’t like about the book? I didn’t like that it talked about war and that someone dies in the story because it made me sad. Especially when it’s someone I like, like Abraham Lincoln.
5. What are the most interesting things that you learned from this book? There was a word I had never heard before, “Appomattox” and my Mom had a lot of trouble saying it. I learned about the history of Ford Theatre and about how Abraham Lincoln died even if it was sad.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked the book except for the part where Abraham Lincoln dies.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think people four to eleven years old would like it. Not too young because they might start crying like a maniac at the part where someone dies.
My Thoughts: She’s baaaack!!! In the latest installment in the educational Little Miss History picture book series by Barbara Ann Mojica, the title character visits the infamous Ford Theatre taking a trip deep into American history exploring the places, people, and issues surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Using a combination of old black and white photographs and scenes appropriately illustrated in shades of gray to represent this sombre in the U.S.’s history, Little Miss History learns why the Ford Theatre is so famous.
While the Ford Theatre is best known as the place where Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed (an event dealt with in a sensitive way in the book), the building itself has a rich history. It was first built as a Baptist Church before it was transformed into a theatre, which interestingly burned to the ground a year later. It was then rebuilt to become the building as it now stands (for the most part!). Following this brief history, the story describes the basic details of the American Civil War, highlighting the key events leading up to Lincoln’s assassination and the events as they unfolded afterwards. Kudos to the author for mentioning the role of a Canadian in the aftermath of the shooting.
After the description of the events that made the Ford Theatre so famous, the author then highlights what happened to the building following the shooting including explaining why people thought the building was haunted. I loved the inclusion of photos of the three museums associated with Lincoln’s assassination as well as photos of some of the most famous items in American history such as Booth’s Derringer pistol, and the amazing tower of books written about Lincoln. Those were fascinating!
As with the previous Little Miss History books that we’ve reviewed, I thought that the snippets of information shared were just right amount for piquing a child’s interest about the U.S. National monument discussed in the book (i.e., Ford’s Theatre). The clever use of photographs (both old and new) and the illustrations of Little Miss History with her cool shades and hip piggy tails provides the perfect balance in making this a book children will enjoy flipping through without realizing how much they are learning about American History.
My Bottom Line: Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theatre is yet another winner by author Barbara Ann Mojica. In the latest book, Little Miss History educates the reader about not only the history of the physical building itself, but the events leading up to and following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. This is a crucial time in American History and this book is a great introduction to some of the key events surrounding the death of Lincoln. I highly recommend this book as well as the other book s in the Little Miss History educational picture book series. This book is a great jumping off point for larger discussions around a key time in American History and is appropriate for children ages 5 years and older.
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.*
About the Author:
Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is her first stop. In her second journey she sails to The STATUE of LIBERTY. Little Miss HISTORY’S third adventure to SEQUOIA National Park finds her skydiving into the park to explore its history. This book recently received honorable mention in the Children’s Literature Independently Published Principal’s Awards (CLIPPA). THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE LITTLE MISS HISTORY SERIES HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS B.R.A.G. MEDALLION. In her newest adventure Little Miss HISTORY arrives at FORD’S THEATRE in her horse and buggy to witness an event that changed history. For more information visit http://www.littlemisshistory.com