Voices of The Alamo

Voices of The Alamo

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by Sherry Garland, Ronald Himler
     
 

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"A fresh approach to the topic in a picture-book format."
--School Library Journal

" An impressive historical picture book."
--Midwest Book Review

The story of the Alamo encompasses far more than a thirteen-day siege that ended in a battle on March 6, 1836. In Voices of the Alamo , that story begins in the 1500s with the Native Americans who inhabited the

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"A fresh approach to the topic in a picture-book format."
--School Library Journal

" An impressive historical picture book."
--Midwest Book Review

The story of the Alamo encompasses far more than a thirteen-day siege that ended in a battle on March 6, 1836. In Voices of the Alamo , that story begins in the 1500s with the Native Americans who inhabited the area we now call Texas. Page by page, different voices--among them Spanish, Tejano, Texian, Mexican, and American--are heard, as they describe history from their individual viewpoints.

Voices of the Alamo sensitively depicts history from the perspectives of the men and women who lived it. It is an unforgettable tribute to one of our nation's most enduring symbols.

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Children's Literature
Individual voices from past to present speak to us of the events that mark the history of the place that has become a national symbol. Before the famous 1836 battle, Native Americans, Spanish explorers, Franciscan missionaries, Mexicans and Americans came there. Years later, the building was rescued from destruction and preserved. Each of Garland's actors speaks simply, directly, and compellingly to tell a part of what has become more legend than history. And each is depicted in a double-page scene, a dramatic staging designed to evoke appropriate emotions--the gentle quiet of the mission period; the colorful market in front of the decaying mission; the deep blues and eerie white building just before the Mexican attack. Himler's realistic paintings include the costumes and artifacts of each time as well as a sensitive portrayal of landscape. History is given a properly reverent setting in both words and images. A lengthy, detailed history is appended. 2000, Scholastic Press, Ages 7 to 10, $16.95. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A fresh approach to the topic in a picture-book format. Garland speaks in the voices of 16 characters whose lives lead up to the present day. She begins with an Indian woman of 1500 gathering nuts beside a river (presumably the San Antonio). The author then gives voice to anonymous armored Spaniards and cowled priests, Tejanos and Texans, and finally to individuals such as General Santa Anna and David Crockett. Within this device, she retells the story of the fall of the Alamo, General Sam Houston's victory at San Jacinto, and Clara Driscoll's rescue of the Alamo from demolition in 1904. Garland's point of view is traditionally partisan. The villain, Santa Anna, is shown as having coerced his own soldiers, as well as having trampled on the rights of honest colonists. Himler's outstanding double-page watercolors depict characters, sweeping landscapes, battle scenes, and the Alamo throughout its history and fill the pages with bright colors. The book includes a lengthy historical note that provides background information and a glossary of Spanish words and phrases. The book, which will supplement traditional nonfiction accounts of the events, ends with an appeal to readers to "remember."-Ruth Semrau, Upshur County Public Library, Gilmer, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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ISBN-13:
9781589802223
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Voices of History
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
627,821
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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