Davy Crockett (Tall Tales, Imagination Series)


The life and adventures of Davy Crockett, the famous frontier settler, congressman, and legendary tall tale hero.

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The life and adventures of Davy Crockett, the famous frontier settler, congressman, and legendary tall tale hero.

Describes the life and adventures of Davy Crockett, the famous frontier settler, congressman, and legendary tall tale hero.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this engaging volume, Brimner retells the tall tales surrounding the life of Davy Crockett, the legendary frontiersman who served in Congress and died at the Alamo. Brimner's language is as colorful as Crockett's life, while remaining accessible to elementary school readers. Though the book is of picture book dimensions, and fully illustrated throughout, the text is divided into four short chapters. The end matter contains a section with the historical facts of Crockett's life, including a timeline, a map, a brief biography, a recipe for grits, a glossary, an index, and a section for further information, which includes the link to the publisher's website where up-to-date Crockett links are provided. The linked sites all appeared to be accurate, authoritative and age-appropriate for the book's audience. This title, part of a series on American legends, would be a good addition to elementary school libraries and appropriate for classroom use. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Anne Marie Pace
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Three serviceable American tall-tale retellings. Brimner captures some of the wild adventures of both Stormalong and Crockett through a combination of dialogue and narrative, but Pitcher is limited to a basic recounting of her famous role of distributing water to the fallen soldiers and standing in for her wounded husband firing a cannon during the American Revolution. The art in Stormalong and in Crockett effectively uses colors and textures to reflect the characters' environment, but the oversized coloring-book-style cartoons make Pitcher's story less believable. Each book includes brief information about the figure in real life and a rather far-fetched recipe (corn cakes for Pitcher, Tennessee grits for Crockett, and tuna sandwiches for Stormalong). Anne Rockwell's They Called Her Molly Pitcher (Knopf, 2002) and Ariane Dewey's The Narrow Escapes of Davy Crockett (Greenwillow, 1990; o.p.) are better choices. The publisher's Web site, which serves as a huge advertisement for Compass Point Books, contains only mediocre sites. Better Web information can be found by simply using a general search engine. Additional purchases at best.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756506032
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Series: Helpers in Our School Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,168,500
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Dane Brimner is the popular author of more than 100 books for children, including the award-winning titles Merry Christmas, Old Armadillo (Boyds Mills Press) and The Littlest Wolf (HarperCollins Publishers). He is also the reteller of several other tall tales, including Calamity Jane, Casey Jones, Davy Crockett, and Molly Pitcher.

Larry lives inTucson, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

What a Guy! 4
Davy Makes His Entrance 8
Sally Saves the Day 14
Capturing a Comet 23
The Real Davy Crockett 28
Tennessee Grits 29
Glossary 30
Did You Know? 30
Want to Know More? 31
Index 32
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