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Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen

Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen

by Michael P. Spradlin, Roxie Munro
     
 

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In the 1820s, the Texas frontier was a rugged, lawless place that needed defending. The men that banded together to protect the citizens of Texas from the threats of bandits and raiding native tribes were known as the Texas Rangers. Since bravery was never in short demand, any unmarried man with a good horse and a sharp shot could be selected to join the ranks. As

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In the 1820s, the Texas frontier was a rugged, lawless place that needed defending. The men that banded together to protect the citizens of Texas from the threats of bandits and raiding native tribes were known as the Texas Rangers. Since bravery was never in short demand, any unmarried man with a good horse and a sharp shot could be selected to join the ranks. As they roamed the Texas frontier maintaining peace and order, the Rangers were present for many of the most famous moments in Texas's exciting history—they defended the Alamo alongside Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, spied on the Mexican army during the war for independence, and chased down outlaws in the booming oil towns of the Wild West.

The thrilling history of these legendary lawmen is detailed in this fast-paced and richly illustrated account. Readers will be rootin' for the Rangers at every turn and learn a thing or two about keepin' the peace.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4- This picture-book account of the nearly 200-year history of the Texas Rangers begins in 1823, when Governor Stephen Austin formed a band of volunteers, soldiers without uniforms, to defend early Texians. The bulk of the book covers the 1800s, when the Rangers fought Indian tribes; participated in the war against Mexico; and defended settlers from bank robbers, cattle rustlers, and horse thieves. Brief biographical vignettes introduce individuals such as John Coffee Hays, who gave Colt revolvers to his men, making the pistol a lasting symbol; William A. A. "Big Foot" Wallace, who was captured and imprisoned by the Mexican cavalry; and John B. Armstrong, who tracked down the notorious outlaw John Wesley Hardin. The violent and somewhat reckless history is downplayed for young readers. There is a brief section on modern Rangers, with the recent inclusion of African Americans and women to the ranks, and the intense competition involved in joining up. Munro's colorful illustrations provide a look at the lawmen, depict the action and locales, and portray the changing times. They're sure to entice youngsters and keep them turning the pages.-Madeline J. Bryant, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Paying handsome tribute to the doughty crew that brought the rule of law to some of the wildest parts of the Wild West, Spradlin profiles such prominent Rangers as William A.A. "Big Foot" Wallace and Captain Leander McNelly. He also highlights achievements from the battle of the Alamo to the capture of John Wesley Hardin and the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde. A sense of the wide-open spaces they patrolled comes through clearly in Munro's outdoorsy scenes. Mustachioed and well-armed Rangers face Comanche raiders, Mexican soldiers, bands of desperados and oil boomtown rowdies in a variety of settings with the same air of calm competence. Though the modern Rangers get a nod at the end, the focus here is really on their first century of existence (they were founded in 1823)-still, they seldom get their due in titles for younger readers, and this makes the best short introduction since Stephen Hardin's Texas Rangers (1991). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802780966
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/19/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,137,140
Product dimensions:
11.35(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
NC1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

MICHAEL P. SPRADLIN is the author of several books for children and teens, including the Spy Goddess series with HarperCollins and the upcoming Daniel Boone's Great Escape with Walker. He lives with his family in Lapeer, Michigan.

ROXIE MUNRO is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared on the cover of the New Yorker. She has born in Texas and has illustrated several books with a Texas/country theme. She now lives in New York City. www.roxiemunro.com

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