A Picture Book of Davy Crockett (英语)
~[SERIES LAST REVIEWED IN BKL Je 1 91, under Adler, David A. Ages 5
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3?Adler has a near-miraculous ability to share an entire lifetime in a few words and to do so without sacrificing his subject's significance or contributions. Here, he tackles the daunting challenge of introducing a controversial man who was both a real-life and folk hero. He does so in a way that does not hide Crockett's faults, but rather allows his character and forthrightness to be seen in an admirable light. Readers come away from the book with a greater appreciation for the remarkable frontiersman, as well as with a surprising amount of knowledge and information. The Wallners' watercolors have a Currier and Ives coloration and mood that fit the period well. The pictures are lively, capturing Crockett's daring and zestful personality. They use color, light, and space to depict the many aspects of his life, from the brawny boasts he reputedly made the day he was born to the indigo skies over the Alamo that foreshadow impending doom. The author's notes and time line are valuable inclusions. In all, a fine choice.?Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado
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David A. Adler is the author of many popular books for children, including biographies, math books, and Judaica. His strong interest in history and biography led to his bestselling Picture Book Biography series. He lives in New York State with his wife and family.
John Wallner has illustrated dozens of books for children, including David A. Adler's Honest Abe Lincoln: Easy-to-Read Stories about Abraham Lincoln, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Alexandra Wallner has written and illustrated many biographies for children about remarkable people, including Lucy Maud Montgomery, Grandma Moses, Abigail Adams, and Beatrix Potter. She and her husband live in Mexico and often collaborate on their books.
Alexandra Wallner has written and illustrated many biographies for children about remarkable people, including Lucy Maud Montgomery, Grandma Moses, Abigail Adams, and Beatrix Potter. She and her husband live in Mexico and often collaborate on their books.
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We were exploring our Appalachian hertiage and I introduced 17 kids to the king of the wild frontier. They were mesmerized.
This book reads easily and follows a narrative format, so it's a great read aloud. We followed it up with a viewing of the classic Disney series starring Fess Parker, and then compared the two heroes.
We also determined that despite the song lyrics, he was not born on a mountaintop, but rather the foothills.
While I have used it with kindergarten and first grade, this book would also work wonderfully with older students and provide opportunities to compare and contrast, discuss exaggeration, the hero myth, and American History.