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Through poetry and art, this picture book captures the many voicesSpanish, Tejano, Texan, Mexican, and Americanof the people who lived on the land that is now Texas.
About the Author
Sherry Garland has written more than thirty books and won more than forty awards, including an ALA Notable recognition and a Reading Rainbow book selection. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and schools across the country, particularly in her home state of Texas. Garland created the Voices Series to provide personal narratives of pivotal moments in America’s past. The series includes Voices of Pearl Harbor, Voices of the Dust Bowl, Voices of Gettysburg, and Voices of the Alamo. Her other titles include Best Horse on the Force, The Buffalo Soldier, and Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam, all available from Pelican. Garland is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in central Texas.
Ronald Himler has been illustrating children's books since 1971 and has over eighty books to his credit. His work has received numerous honors, including ALA Notables, the Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, and citations on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We visited San Antonio, TX on spring break this year and picked up this book to donate to our son's school library. Once we read through it a few times we decided to order a copy for ourselves as well since it was so fascinating. I love that it is told from a first person point of view. Each page shows a slice of history from a particular individual's perspective. It begins with a Payaya Indian Maiden collecting pecans by the river banks around 1500 then travels through history with passages of a Spanish Conquistador, a humble padre, a Spanish soldier, a Tejano Rancher, a Texian Farmer, David Crockett, Sam Houston, and others along the way. The final perspective is told by a young child of modern times who visited the Alamo. Wonderfully, written and very appropriate for grade school children. There is mention of war, death and violence but in a gentle way. (This was not exactly a fairy tale setting in history as we all know). I would definately suggest this book for any classroom or personal reading library. My son is in Kindergarten and really loves this book but I do believe older children would enjoy it as well. This is positively a 5-star book about the Lone Star State.