Texas History for Kids: Lone Star Lives & Legends Now Available
In early 2015, we visit closer to home–Texas. But it is just as fascinating as space. And if you didn’t already know, Texas has played a significant part in space exploration. No doubt you’ll find many references to Texas in my last book for Chicago Review Press, Women in Space. Well, in Texas History for Kids, there’s a chapter about space! Also chapters about dinosaurs, oil, and the strongest Latino culture in the U.S.
The larger-than-life story of the Lone Star State Encapsulating the 500-year saga of the one-of-a-kind state of Texas, this interactive book takes readers from the founding of the Spanish Missions and the victory at San Jacinto to the Great Storm that destroyed Galveston and the establishment of NASA’s Mission Control in Houston while covering everything in between. Texas History for Kids includes 21 informative and fun activities to help readers better understand the state’s culture, politics, and geography. Kids will recreate one of the six national flags that have flown over the state, make castings of local wildlife tracks, design a ranch’s branding iron, celebrate Juneteenth by reciting General Order Number 3, build a miniature Battle of Flowers float, and more. This valuable resource also includes a timeline of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and web resources for further study.
From School Library Journal:
Everything is bigger in Texas, and this book does its best to make the eventful happenings of the Lone Star state fun and accessible. Beginning before Texas was even a state, some 500 years ago with the Spanish missions, and continuing up to the 20th-century space age and oil boom, Gibson makes the material relatable and approachable, while teachers will appreciate the activities. VERDICT While this book is no replacement for a textbook, it will become an invaluable tool for those teaching or learning about Texas history.–John Trischitti, Midland County Public Libraries, TX
Also featured in
- The Sachse News
- The Wylie News
- Murphy Monitor
- Texas Lifestyle Magazine
- San Angelo Family Magazine
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