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Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?
     

Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?

by Jean Fritz, Trina Schart Hyman
 

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This lively biography, by Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz, is a nice, personal look at a leader and his times.

In early America, when all the men wore ruffled shirts and rode grandly on horseback, one man refused to follow suit. He was the rebel leader Sam Adams, a plainspoken gent who scorned ruffles, refused to ride a horse, and had little regard for

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This lively biography, by Newbery Honor-winning author Jean Fritz, is a nice, personal look at a leader and his times.

In early America, when all the men wore ruffled shirts and rode grandly on horseback, one man refused to follow suit. He was the rebel leader Sam Adams, a plainspoken gent who scorned ruffles, refused to ride a horse, and had little regard for the King.

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Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
Fritz seizes a curious personality trait and plenty of anecdotes to breathe energy and interest into Samuel Adams' political life and exploits in this delightful story. Throughout the tale, Adams resists all urging to be like the rest of the community and ride a horse. He steadfastly continues to walk or ride in a carriage when he must travel outside of Boston for the first time, and even when he must make a fast get-away from the British. Drawing from a letter written by John Adams describing the event, Fritz retells the clever series of arguments that John used to finally persuade his cousin to learn to ride a horse. Sam Adams' dog Queue gets a starring role, and there is even a bit of important American history mixed in. Hyman's drawings make Adams and several other Founding Fathers seem larger than life, until trouble with the British Army cuts them down to size. This latest reissue of the 1974 title features new cover illustrations by David Small. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698114166
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
82,979
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Acclaimed biographer, Jean Fritz, was born in China to American missionaries on November 16, 1915. Living there until she was almost thirteen sparked a lifelong interest in American history.  She wrote about her childhood in China in Homesick, My Own Story, a Newbery Honor Book and winner of the National Book Award.
     Ms. Fritz was the author of forty-five books for children and young people. Many center on historical American figures, gaining her a reputation as the premier author of biographies for children and young people.
     Among the other prestigious awards Ms. Fritz has garnered are: the National Humanities Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Award. the Christopher Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Non-Fiction Award, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and many ALA Notable Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, and ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards.
     She passed away on May 14, 2017.

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