Title: Davy CrockettDavy Crockett
Author: Aileen Wells Parks
Pages: 192
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

Earlier I reviewed the Childhood of Famous Americans volume Buffalo Bill. Here is my brief review of Davy Crockett.

The Story.

Davy and his four older brothers have been brought up to mind their Pa and admire his gun. Any chance they get to shoot it, they handle it with fear – reverence almost. Although Davy’s been allowed to shoot it twice – on Christmas Day – he has a powerful yearning to go huntin’ with it.

It’s a mighty heavy gun, and his Pa’s not sure Davy can handle it yet, but he gives Davy permission to try. After that Davy plumb near lives in the woods, learnin’ the sights and sounds, tracks and calls of the many critters. He becomes a shot worthy o’ bragging and keeps the family well supplied with meat.

But one spring a flood whips through their land, washing out their gristmill and perty near demoralizing the Crocketts. Davy isn’t sure if they can afford to rebuild it, but his Pa decides not to. Instead, they’re gonna run themselves a tavern.

It is here that Davy learns the fine art of tellin’ a tale; here he hears the wild yarns and bragging stories of the finest hunters in the state.

Not long after this, Davy goes on his first cattle drive, helpin’ a man herd his cows up to Virginia. He enjoyed his time in that grand ole state, but he sure was happy to be gettin’ back to his home. It was the first of many cattle drives and cross country treks the man Davy Crockett would take in his life time.

Davy-Crockett3-817x1024Cautions.

On several occasions Davy’s siblings tease him for his personal appearance and actions. This set the stage for his later claims to be “half-horse, half-alligator, a little touched with the snapping turtle; can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey locust tree.”

Several stories from the Bible are told. I was delighted that these references were included, but the stories are not specially distinguished from other folk tales.

Davy becomes briefly angry when his father does not allow him to go on a hunting trip.

The Crocketts keep a tavern. Nothing remotely suggestive happens.

Davy goes on a cattle drive without getting permission from his parents.

Conclusion. Davy Crockett will be enjoyed by all children, but especially by the children who love frontier stories.

Review © 2012 Laura Verret

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