Author: Jean Fritz
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group; Paperback
Ages: Young Adult
Period: Early to Mid 1800's America, Texas History; Non-fiction
Unforgettable Americans Series
"I made Texas." - Sam Houston
Sam Houston didn't actually build the hills or plant the trees, but without him, Texas might have become a state in Mexico. First he fought to unify the fiercely independent people of Texas and release the territory from the clutches of Mexico. Then he spent years trying to convince Texans that they should become part of the United States. His boisterous, stubborn, and dramatic personality earned him nicknames such as Old Dragon, Tyrant, and even Old Humbug, but Texans liked him enough to elect him the first president of the Texas Republic, one of their first U.S. Senators, and later, governor.
Jean Fritz wrote many fascinating and well-researched books for children on history. Here are some of her most popular books on American history, that you will want to be sure and read:
American history picture books (for ages 9-12):
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; George Washington's Breakfast; Shh, We're Writing the Constitution; What's the Big Idea Ben Franklin?; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; Why Don't You Get a Horse, Sam Adams?; and Will You Sign Here, John Hancock.
Unforgettable Americans (for Young Adults):
Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt; Great Little Madison, Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Beecher Preachers, Make Way for Sam Houston, and Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
Other Titles: The Cabin Faced West, The Double Life of Pocahontas, Early Thunder, George Washington's Mother (beginning reader), and Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln (beginning reader).