Title: Texas FootprintsTexas Footprints
Author: Rita Kerr
Pages: 72
Reading Level: 9-12
Star Rating: ★★★

Texas Footprints is a story set during the early settlement of Texas. It finds it characters amongst the three hundred families whom Stephen F. Austin first brought into Texas, and follows their lives through the battle of the Alamo. The protagonists, Elizabeth and William, come with their families as children, meet, fall in love, get married, and start a family founded in Texas.

Along the way, the political situation of the time is discussed naturally by the characters, and in the end, William and his brother go to fight at the Alamo.

My only complaint about Texas Footprints is less about the writing style so much as the formatting style. I don’t understand why the editor didn’t choose a print that was easier on the eyes and arrange it more stylistically on the page. Also, although I understand an author being hesitant to allow another person to illustrate her story, Ms. Kerr really would have down better to hire an illustrator, as her own illustrations don’t do justice to the text.

Conclusion. A good source of early Texas history for children, although the boys will probably want more battle scenes. :)

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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