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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Voyager/Hbj Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 24, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152005951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152005955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 11 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Beautifully designed and carefully researched, this conveys the dramatic true story of a woman who survived the massacre at the Alamo. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Paul Bacon also illustrated Susanna of the Alamo. He lives in Clintondale, New York.

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We were very pleasantly surprised by the many illustrations as well.
C. H. Jernigan
With great strength of character, even during her grief, she stood up to Santa Anna refusing his offers of charity.
Marykay
This is an excellent book for 4th graders who are learning about our great state of Texas.
Donna Price

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Susanna of the Alamo is an excellent book that enables children to place themselves within a historical event. Susanna of the Alamo focuses on the only survivor of the tragic Alamo fight, Susanna Dickinson and her infant daughter. THe story is told from her point of view which gives the children today the ability to understand the fight as it was unfolding. I teach 5th graders and every year the book has brouight a tear to an eye and a solemn calm to my room. The children are able to place themselves in theat time period through Jakes work and not only understand what the Texas settlers felt but how they felt also. It is an excellent book with which to teach about the Alamo- I couldn't do it without it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marykay on February 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I don't often review books that I sell, via Amazon, but this one is an exception. I found the topic of interest, as I had never heard of Susanna. At first I thought it to be a fictional tale, "Oh Susanna..."

but it's not. It's the story of a real woman who survived the battle of the Alamo, along w/ her young daughter. Her husband, and all the other men from the Alamo were not so fortunate.

With great strength of character, even during her grief, she stood up to Santa Anna refusing his offers of charity. She carried the tale of the Alamo defeat to San Houston. Her message helped to galvanize -- motivate -- the troops to push on towards victory.

Written by John Jakes, this is not a tale for young pre-school aged children. It's definately more of a historical sort of resource for those doing research or interested in that time/era/place.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. H. Jernigan on April 4, 2009
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We ordered this book to read with our 7 year old granddaughter before taking her to the Alamo. It was really great. The story of a Mother and Child present at this battle seemed to really connect with her. She talked about the family on the way to our visit. Then while there two things occurred making it all more real. First, she noticed Almeron Dickinson's name on the plaque of men that died at the Alamo. Second, since the Sacristy is now open (which is where the women huddled during the final battle), the audio tape we had rented specifically mentioned Susanna Dickinson, her child and her husband's last quote "if they spare you, save our child". Knowing John Jakes as an author, we were confident that it would be historicallty accurate and it was. We were very pleasantly surprised by the many illustrations as well. I would recommend this book to any parent taking a child to the Alamo or even just wanting them to get an understanding of this part of Texas History, whether they read it themselves or you read it to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on March 5, 2010
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John Jakes creates a fantastic book of the Alamo. Using the story of Susanna Dickenson, John Jakes tells the story of the Alamo. Susanna was widowed during the fight and held captive by Santa Anna along with her young daughter. After refusing to be sent to Mexico City for her daughter to be raised and cared for by Santa Ana, she was sent back to the white settlements with a message - that if the settlers didn't cooperate and follow Santa Ana's directives, they would end up like the men at the Alamo. A very interesting story and one that moved me quite a bit. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Renie on March 10, 2008
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! ONE OF THE FEW BOOKS I HAVE READ TO MY 4TH GRADERS THAT KEEKPS THEIR TOTAL INTEREST. I GAVE THEM A QUIZ AFTERWARDS AND THEY DID PHENOMINAL! THANK YOU FOR CARRYING THIS ITEM!
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Although as an adult, I loved to story, and it really evoked the emotion of the day. I bought the book because I believe our children need to learn the lessons of history, and the cover format looks like it's for young children. However, it doesn't read like something I want to read to my 8 year old grandson.
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