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Little Sure Shot: The Story of Annie Oakley Library Binding – October, 1999

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Grade 1-3-An entertaining story about Phoebe Ann Moses, a.k.a. Annie Oakley. The known facts of her life are interspersed with explanations of her feelings during the incidents. The constructed dialogue and other comments seem appropriate, but there are no sources cited. Miralles's realistic full-color illustrations help establish the time period, as do the black-and-white reproductions that are sprinkled throughout the text. A fast-paced account that will keep readers turning the pages-just be sure they know that it's fictionalized.
Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 2-3. Although her writing style is sometimes choppy, Spinner presents a fascinating portrait of Annie Oakley, who was a woman way ahead of her time. Learning to shoot as a girl, Phoebe Ann Moses was soon providing for her family and eventually went on to became a famous star of Wild West shows; she was so accurate as a markswoman that Sitting Bull named her Little Sure Shot. Using Oakley as an example of a woman who lived feminism is an interesting tack for an early reader. The book is illustrated with black-and-white photos and color paintings that complement each other and expand the text. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Bt Bound (October 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785702792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785702795
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,931,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Ullrich ( on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is the second book we read in our recently formed Mother-Daughter Book Club. The members of our Club are third grade students at Calvary Episcopal School in Richmond, Texas. Our girls had this to say about the book: "Little Sure Shot is the best book I've ever read. I really recommend this book. Annie Oakley is the best shot I have ever heard of. She does shooting tricks and sounds like a nice girl." Caitlin, age 8 "I liked this book because she practices and does not give up but I did not like this book because it is a little sad. P.S. You should read this book." Sarah, age 8 "You should read Annie Oakley because she can shoot a cigarette out of a prince's mouth." Grethe, age 8 "I liked this book because Annie was famous, she was a great shot, she was nice, she was the only girl that could shoot like she did, she got married, she made lots of money, she was kind and she found that she could put food on the table." Christine, age 8 If you work hard, you could do anything." Lauren, age 8 "She was a good shot and a nice person. She was very poor. She lived a long time ago. She could do lots of things with a gun." Megan, age 8 A couple of the girls read this book several times and loved it which made their moms happy as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone has to be persnickety TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This interesting reader is about Annie Oakley. It combines photos as well as colorful artwork to depict Annie's life; from the time when she first dares to pick up a gun and hunt for food, circa 1869, to her death in 1926.

It covers a great many aspects of Annie's life including her failed attempt to get an education (she was ridiculed for her poverty), her long marriage to a sharp-shooter (he died 3 weeks after she did), and how she eventually sailed with Buffalo Bill to Europe where she saw Queen Victoria. All in all it is a fascinating story.

My motivation for acquiring this book was that I wanted to introduce some 'biographies' into my daughters reading. This fit the bill.

In regards to the verbal stylings of the book, I have to say that at first I was a little put off as the book is written in a very odd third-person voice - see below. But as it turns out it makes for a fairly engaging read for young folk. I've included a few paragraphs below for your perusal as there is not 'search inside' this book feature for this particular text.

Mama will not like this, thinks the girl.

But I'm going to do it anyhow. I have to.

The girl takes the gun into the woods....

And from later in the book:

Could one day change everything? Yes!

Life was never the same for the Moses

family after Annie picked up that gun.

She put food on the table. She even

sold the game she shot. A fancy restaurant

bought the quail and grouse. A trader

named Frenchy La Motte bought the

foxes, minks, and raccoons for their

skins. For the first time ever, Annie's

family didn't have to worry about money.
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