Title: A Day That Changed America The AlamoA Day That Changed the Alamo
Author: Shelley Tanaka
Illustrator: David Craig
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 8 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★★

Some people hide books from their mothers because they’re afraid of being caught reading something they shouldn’t be. I hide books – like this one – from my mother because I’m afraid that if she sees it she’ll fall in love with it and demand that I give it to her.

Which would not do at all.

I like history a lot. Mom loves history. Which means that we both love books like this one. For no historical resources are more enjoyable and clarifying than the ones that are written for and geared towards children. When each page is covered with historical paintings, maps, letters, and artifacts, things go from best to bester.

In A Day that Changed America: The Alamo, we are treated to the full story of the Alamo – its construction, original use, besiegement, and current role in society.

It is mentioned that one woman was known as the ‘Babe of the Alamo’ and she lived a “wild and uncertain life”. [pg. 44]

Travis is quoted as saying “The Mexicans are upon us, and we’ll give them hell!” [pg. 24]

Conclusion. A splendid resource. Read along with A Boy at the Alamo.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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