Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater

Children - Non-Fiction
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Reviewed on 11/30/2014
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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite

Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater by Barbara Ann Mojica is a delightful history textbook for young readers. It is colorfully illustrated and it delves into the background of Ford’s Theater in the U.S.A. Originally, the theatre was a meeting place for the First Baptist Church of Washington in 1833. President John T. Ford later renovated the building into a theatre in 1861. It was called Ford’s Anthenaeum. Unfortunately, it was burnt in 1862. After it was rebuilt and the Civil War was over, President Abraham Lincoln and his wife attended a play there. That same night, Jon Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at the theatre. The President died the following day on April 15, 1865. Many years later, the U.S. Government made the decision to reopen the Ford Theater and Petersen House where President Lincoln died as historic museums in 1932. According to author Barbara Mojica, there are presently three museums honoring President Lincoln’s memory.

Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater is a very colourful textbook. It utilizes the figure of Ms. History with her fancy sunshades on almost every page. I love the beautiful illustrations that author Barbara Mojica included in her book. These illustrations really grab your attention. There are minimal words used in the entire book. The pictures are the central feature of this book. I love the clever way in which the author juxtaposes Ms. History in the scenarios. The contrast between the black and white and coloured backgrounds in some scenes is very appealing. I really appreciate the author’s approach to this portrayal of historical facts. It is truly a fun way to learn about the past without even realizing that you are absorbing historical information. I also love the teaser at the end of the book introducing a forthcoming book. Even though I am an adult reader, I enjoyed reading this and I look forward to more from this author.

By Words A Plenty

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theatre is a very well done children’s book on the historic Ford’s Theatre. The main character, Little Miss History briefly provides information about the theatre and Lincoln’s death. While this is interesting, Little Miss History provides more information that many are not aware.

One of several examples: “The U.S. government paid John Ford $100,000 and forbade it ever using the building as a place of amusement.”

This is a children’s picture book that is very well done. The black and white of the drawings mixed with photos are all excellently done. The timeline of the story itself is perfectly done. Little Miss History is placed into the story via the pictures and although she stands out, it is done in a creative and vivid manner. One knows who she is and what her purpose is in the story. Her presence in the pictures is important and provides the children with a connection. Furthermore, the writing is done in an engaging manner and holds the child’s attention.

I shared this book with my 13 year old grandson who is an aficionado for all things Lincoln and he discovered things he was not aware of either.

An excellent children’s book that parents will enjoy reading with their children! This is book 4 in a series.

Victor Ramon Mojica is the excellent illustrator. recommends this book to anyone with children or grandchild with a five star review!

By IndieBRAG

We are proud to announce that LITTLE MISS HISTORY TRAVELS TO FORD'S THEATER by Barbara Ann Mojica is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

By Kirsten

I jumped at the opportunity to read and review the latest installment of Little Miss History. She is my favorite traveling companion to learn more about America's history. She's already taken us to the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and Sequoia, sharing accurate and little known details that bring history alive... So when I saw Barbara's next choice for Little Miss History to travel to was Ford's Theater, I will admit I was surprised. Does it warrant special feature? Absolutely... Was I skeptical? Yes... But I read on knowing that little Miss History knows best.

First off, I want to commend the illustrator. The illustrations are wonderful as usual. I particularly got a kick out of little miss wearing the 3-D glasses on her way to the theater. This book really helps make history seem alive.

I was happy to see my initial concerns were not warranted. The book goes over more than just the infamous assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It describes the history of the theater from its inception to its current purpose. It doesn't sugar coat history, but rather describes the theater, the assassination, and details what happened to the theater afterwards. Little Miss History has given me another lesson in this country's past, and I appreciate it. She doesn't gloss over any of the important pieces and in fact offers the smaller details that can get overlooked.

Another treasure for the library and my children's education.

By P J LaRue

Barbara Ann Mojica has created yet another educational and fun children's book with her newest release, Little Miss History Travels to Ford's Theater. This book, the fourth in the series, relates the history of Ford's Theater from its beginning as a church, subsequent evolution into a theater, sad location of Lincoln's assassination to its final purpose as a preserved historic site. Fitting the era, the terrific illustrations are presented in vintage sepia, black and white. Bright colors splash the pages to appeal to children. History truly is fun with this series.

The Amazon page does not list an age range for this book. Although the format of the book is similar to picture book, the information presented could appeal to older children, as well. While the story is kept simple enough for them to understand, it is not condescending, and being based on true events in history could help hook young children into a lifelong love of reading.

The Little Miss History series has been awarded the coveted B.R.A.G. Medallion (Book Readers Appreciation Group). The group's rigorous review process supports indie authors and provides an authentication of books that have not been vetted by agents or publishers. Being presented a B.R.A.G. Medallion is a true honor. Well deserved, Ms. Mojica!

By JS Reads

Little Miss History Travels to Ford Theater is another great educational book by Barbara Ann Mojica. This book interweaves the history of a building with the history of the country. It’s well known that President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater. I did not know the building’s history before or after the assassination. Do you? Each paged is filled with an illustration or a relevant photo with Little Miss History, which makes the even book more appealing. My favorite is the tower of books, several stories high, made from books written about Abraham Lincoln. This drives home a point about his importance to history. And, quite appropriately, this history book is shown in that tower! A great educational read for young people.

By History Dad

The latest in the Miss History series continues to shows kids the importance of American history by pointing out the important facts that get the story across to them. The illustrations bring the story to life by combining real pictures with the character's expressions and reactions to the scenes. For example, Little Miss' reaction to the battlefield which set the context for Lincoln's assassination. The fun facts like what people heard Booth say at the time of shooting, explaining what happened to Lincoln immediately after, and what happened to the theatre since are all major components to the story which some might leave out as if extra details. My kids love these books and I just read The Statue of Liberty story to my daughters three days ago. Keep up the great work!

PS I thought the tower of books picture at the museum was really cool, too!

By Renee@MotherDaughterBo

My son and I reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. These are excerpts from our reviews. Please visit our website for the full reviews.

SON SAYS: 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. I liked the name “Obadiah” because it’s fun to say. 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. Overall, I really liked the book except for the part where Abraham Lincoln dies. 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.

MOM SAYS: 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.*

By Bookworm Book Gang

I love the Little Miss History series, and find them enjoyable to read even as an adult. As a "Brit", with a shameful knowledge of American history, I found this one particularly fascinating! The simple explanation of the American civil war, with when and why it was fought, and names of leaders, was in fact very helpful to me. The whole book is written at an ideal level for kids to understand, and the amazing illustrations on every page help to highlight the story, and to show historical places and scenes of relevance. The somber black and white colours of much of this 4th book also help to convey the sad nature of the history of Ford's Theatre, but are offset by plenty of colour to keep the illustrations alive. I was amazed by the photo of a tower of books about President Lincoln in a museum, and am sure kids will be "wowed" by that too!

A great addition to the Little Miss History series (and to that tower of books!)

By Jenn

Another amazing book by both author and illustrator. My kids love the Little Miss History books so much. They always look forward to the next one to come out! Little Miss History is a true inspiration to my 9 year old, she wants to visit everywhere she visits. Keep up the great work on this awesome series!!

By Casey Rislov

This 4th book in the series is my favorite as I really not only enjoy the story, but the artwork really catches your attention. These books teach history in a fun and fascinating way. I learn something each time I read one. This book will be reread by your child and it also creates excitement that will want your child to visit these places to see the history in person. This book is a definite must read!

By Judith Addington

LITTLE MISS HISTORY has unearthed even more history that I've never known before! This book is a wonderful book for kids and adults alike - a clever and surprising presentation of history in another trip of adventure and intrigue by a very curious young girl. Barbara's books always inspire me to learn more in a fun way and I can't wait to turn the page to see what's coming next! I can envision LITTLE MISS HISTORY as a TV series host in an animated series for the history channel, or the like -- guiding the entire family on a fun-and-fact-filled discovery through time and history. Definitely a five-star book! Great art too!

Judith Addington, Author
The Big Little Book on Destiny & Growing the Leader in You!


Just like Barbara and Victor Mojica’s three previous children’s history books, their most recent work, Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater, is a wonderful addition to the treasury of children’s books on American history. All four of their books are written in an easy-to-follow language for children. The illustrations are breathtaking and the story of Ford’s Theater captures and stimulates young minds and provides a foundation for children to begin to appreciate what it means to be an American.

Writing this type of children's book, this talented team succeeds in providing the children of America with a much-needed lesson about American history. Through the well-written stories and astonishing artwork, they teach children what is good and virtuous. This is a wonderful educational book for children of any age to become familiar with the people and historical events that helped shape our great nation. All their stories are inspirational and guided by a moral purpose. Our children need to know about the past of our great country that they are privileged to live in.

Well written and illustrated, Little Miss History Travels to Ford’s Theater will help much younger children understand the history of America. The simplicity of the writing and length of this story make it perfect for a bedtime story. The historical facts are a great introduction to the story of our country and national heritage. Excellent vehicle for teaching our youngsters values that America was founded on. A truly wonderful addition to any teacher or parent's library, as well as excellent enrichment to any social studies curriculum. It is a captivating children's book on history that will shape a child's knowledge and make children proud to be citizens of the United States. Congratulations on another wonderful history book for our children! Your books are really inspiring and will be read by many.

By Amazon Customer

I can't tell you how impressed I am with author, Barbara Ann Mojica, and the notable series she has written for children.

What a clever way for children to learn and grasp history! Learning historical facts in such an organized and succinct manner makes remembering facts much more fun, and easier.

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to FORD'S THEATER (Volume 4) is yet another book added to Mojica’s already wonderful collection. Children, their parents and teachers alike will revere this book. All will certainly enjoy discussing its major points. Teachers can use thematic lessons centered around this book and all of Mojica’s series.

There was also something about the color shading of this book that captured my interest. The shading added hype and flavor to the character and storyline of the book, so I love how the author thought to change the illustration shading up some with the selected color choices.

Don’t forget to collect Mojica’s full series of books telling historical facts. You’ll be glad you did!

By Sarah Reviews

The enchanting Miss HISTORY is back and this time she is here to transport readers to the days of Abe Lincoln. In the award-winning author Barbra Ann Mojica’s fourth installment of the Miss HISTORY series, “Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Ford’s Theater”, readers are once again treated to a marvelous expedition. They learn of the fascinating history of the Ford Theater, its functions over the years, and of its part in one of the major events in the history of the United States: The dramatic and tragic assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The fascinating story of Ford’s Theater is complemented by fantastic images that consist of photographs and illustrations -- lovely intermingling of black and white photos and colorful drawings -- created by the talented and most inspired Victor Ramon Mojica.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book and am looking forward to Ms. Mojica’s and Little Miss HISTORY’s next adventure.

The Little Miss HISTORY series belongs in every American child’s library, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to purchase the first three volumes of the series: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Mount Rushmore, Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty, and Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Sequoia National Park. You and your children will be delighted.

By Betty Davis

Barbara Ann Mojica books are timeless. The reader feels like they are right there witnessing the horror of President Lincoln's assassination, and the sorry events that lead up to the civil war. I especially love this book because to me President Lincoln was one of the finest presidents our country has ever had. Secondly my love for history makes this book at the top of the list. This short story is filled with amazing and interesting facts. I intrigued my the visual images that she so vividly wrote that surely will hold the interest of any school aged student.

By CL Murphy

Little Miss History travels to Ford's Theatre, where the author splendidly explains an important event in our nation's history. She thoroughly and clearly portrays the timeline in a manner that her target audience can understand. I find the way the illustrator combines the black and white photography, with his detailed colored drawings, so eye-catching and a brilliant way to offset the story's text.

By Bonnie Ferrante

Barbara Ann Mojica has become one of my favorite picture book writers. She composes short history books for children. Her illustrations combine photography with hand drawings. They merge seamlessly together in both charming and informative ways. I was excited to be given a free copy of Ford's Theater for review and was not disappointed as I read through this fascinating little book.

Ford's Theater is linked to major events in American history, especially the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. I love the way little Miss History dramatically reacts to the events on each page, from the horror of the Civil War to the tragedy of Lincoln's death. As much can be learned from the illustrations as from the actual text.

Mojica always includes some fact that is sure to amaze her reader. The tower of books written about Abraham Lincoln in the Learning Center for Education and Leadership is astonishing.

As always, Mojica's book would be an excellent addition to any school library or classroom or as a gift for a child who enjoys history. However, as a Canadian who is not up on all American history, I would like to know whatever happened to John Wilkins Booth.