Jim Bowie: Frontier Legend, Alamo Hero

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Overview

The Library of American Lives and Times™

Biographies For Grades 4-8 Correlated to the Curriculum

Extend the learning through this new biography series. The Library of American Lives and Times use extensive primary resources as it brings American history to life for your students.
Learn about some of the greatest players who helped in shaping America as it grew from a colony to a world super power. Through a chronological narrative, enriched with diary entries, letters, and other primary documents, students will learn about the various stages of our nation's development, as well as learning to think about history from the perspective of both individuals and society.
By learning about history from a particular and unique biographical perspective, each student will learn about the following themes that form the framework for the social studies standards: Culture; People, Places, and Environments; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; Production, Distribution, and Consumption; Global Connections: Civic Ideals and Practices.
These books are comprehensive biographical treatments of important Americans, emphasizing not just their lives, but the times in which they lived.

A rogue, slave trader, and murderer, Jim Bowie would die a hero at the famous battle of the Alamo. In this purely American story of reinvention, Bowie leaves his comfortable life in New Orleans to help fight for Texas independence. His resilience and fortitude at the Alamo earned him the admiration of his fellow Texans, and, after his death, Bowie’s legend would grow and serve as inspiration for generations to come.

"Stunning reproduction and photos provide a clear sense of the times and settings. These attractive titles serve not only as quality report sources but also as a general interest titles." - School Library Journal

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Gr 5-10-This is a captivating, exciting biography of the controversial frontiersman who was involved in prospecting and land speculation, as well as slave smuggling, and who died at the Alamo. The account is full of lively Texas history, although some readers may find the many names, events, and details confusing. The extensive time line will help them sort things out. Numerous black-and-white and color illustrations and documents complement the text. Students will use this attractive book for reports and general reading.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–9—Jim Bowie is remembered for his size, his bravery in several legendary battles, including the Battle of the Alamo, and the "Bowie knife." Family letters and other historical documents are used as a basis for research, as Bowie didn't leave any writings of his own. Many gaps and controversies surrounding Bowie's life are exposed in this nonfiction title (Rosen, 2003) by J. R. Edmonson. He covers the slave smuggling and fraudulent land dealings in Bowie's early life, setting him into his proper historical context. The author also shines a spotlight on Texas history in general, particularly in the book's beginning chapters. Other larger-than-life characters, including Jean Lafitte, Davy Crockett, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston are also mentioned throughout the book. Narrator Benjamin Becker does his best to infuse life into the somewhat dry, fact-filled text, but listeners may become confused by the title's broad scope, multitude of characters, and timeline. Notes are denoted by a tone and a different reader. While a good source for reports, its best use may be as a read-along with the print version.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423394204
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/20/2009
  • Series: Library of American Lives and Times Series , #0
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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