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Make way for Sam Houston / Jean Fritz ; illustrations by Elise Primavera.

By: Fritz, Jean.
Contributor(s): Primavera, Elise [ill.] | Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Putnam, c1986Description: 109 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0399213031 :; 9780399213038; 039921304X (pbk.) :; 9780399213045 (pbk.).Subject(s): Houston, Sam, 1793-1863 -- Juvenile literature | Governors -- Texas -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Legislators -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Texas -- History -- To 1846 -- Juvenile literature | Imprints 20th century 1986Additional physical formats: Online version:: Make way for Sam Houston.DDC classification: 976.4/04/0924 | B | 92 LOC classification: F390.H84 | F75 1986Summary: Traces the life of the soldier who led the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico, served as governor and senator, and opposed secession during the Civil War.
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"First impression"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [103]-105) and index.

Traces the life of the soldier who led the fight for Texas' independence from Mexico, served as governor and senator, and opposed secession during the Civil War.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6 Jean Fritz has done it again. In her tightly woven, well-researched biography of the Texas hero, she has demystified Sam Houston by presenting the facts of his life and providing interpretations. Her writing turns this larger-than-life character into a very real person. Houston was a self-educated man who fought in the War of 1812, served as a congressman and governor of Tennessee, fought for Texas independence, served as its first president and later as governor and senator after Texas joined the union. Much of his life was influenced by his boyhood reading of hero stories, especially those of Caius Marius, a Roman general and statesman. Fritz does not glide over Houston's weaknesses such as his problem with alcohol and his marriage to an Indian woman when still married to another woman. She delights in recounting Houston's dramatic flair. He stole the show from Mirabeau B. Lamar, elected to replace him as president of Texas, on his inauguration day by arriving dressed as George Washington and proceeding to give a three hour farewell address to the extreme consternation of Lamar. Other biographies of Houston have joined the ranks of o.p., but even collections that still have them should make room on their shelves for this splendid biography.Therese Bigelow, Hampton Public Library, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Jean Fritz was born in Hankow, China on November 16, 1915. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College in 1937. She wrote picture books and historical fiction before focusing on historical nonfiction. Her first book, Bunny Hopewell's First Spring, was published in 1954. Her other books included And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?; Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?; Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?; Shh! We're Writing the Constitution; Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold; Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?; Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?; The Double Life of Pocahontas; and George Washington's Mother. <p> Homesick: My Own Story, a collection of linked narratives, traces her life from her girlhood in China to her longed-for yet uneasy passage to America. It won a National Book Award and was named a Newbery Honor Book. She received the Regina Medal by the Catholic Library Association, the National Humanities Medal, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature for her body of work. She died on May 14, 2017 at the age of 101. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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