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This Is Texas Hardcover – February 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: This is . . .
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789313898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789313898
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

M. Sasek was born in 1916 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Best remembered for his classic stories on the great cities of the world, he died in 1980.

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I would recommend this book to any child, especially if they can read.
drcryer
The clever and appealing verse and the charming illustrations make this series not only informative but also fun to read.
chuchichaeschtli
I bought this book for the DAR library for teaching children the history of Texas.
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2003
Format: Library Binding
Ok, it's doubtful anyone will ever read this review, but as Mr. Sasek has passed away, this is the only tribute I can leave him.

I was born in Texas, and have lived my whole life there. For many people outside of Texas, our devotion to our state and the pride we take in being Texan can be confusing. After all, most people think Texas consists of nothing but cowboys and oil wells. But those who have lived here know that Texas is far more than the sum of her parts.

As a child, my parents bought this book, and we read it together. This book made me realize how lucky I am to have been born here, and what pride I should have in my state. How odd that this lesson would be taught by a writer from Prague! True, the book does contain many of the cliches associated with Texas (such as the aforementioned cowboys and oil wells), but it really tries to show that Texas is so much more. Mostly, I remember that, instead of focusing on one city in the state, this book covered the whole territory, from El Paso to Houston. From the King Ranch to the Mexican Border. As Sasek himself said in 'Books are by People': "Doing 'This is Texas' I had to travel 3,000 miles by bus to see all I had to see!" It shows in the quality of his writing.

Honestly, however, I can say that the one thing that sticks with me most from this book is the art. Mr. Sasek was an exceptionally gifted artist with a very quirky style that made everything seem vibrant and dynamic, but still utterly approachable. If there is any finer illustration in a children's book that the image of Tent Maker Creek Canyon on pages 48 and 49 of the original hard-cover edition, I've yet to see it. Evocative, poignant, yet still fun to view, his illustrations are what made him a superior author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By chuchichaeschtli on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sasek's children travel guides simply catch the spirit of the big cities and countries of the world.
The clever and appealing verse and the charming illustrations make this series not only informative but also fun to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baruch on May 20, 2012
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This was the perfect good-bye gift for a little girl who loves to read. We thought it was so well-done and illustrated and complete. It was great to find such a classic book about Texas that will never be out-
dated and fun for a young reader about to make a big transition.
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By Amy L on May 27, 2014
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This book is a classic. The illustrations are great. It was written a while ago though so some of the factual information is incorrect now of course but I love it!
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By JBS on December 19, 2013
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This is a wonderfully illustrated book. It has a lot of information and is appropriate for older children but fun for younger ones to look at the pictures.
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By Tore Grebstad on December 19, 2013
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Up until now I have wrongly assumed that mr Sasek is an american, drawing (and writing) from inside his own "domain". Superficially thumbing through his books on New York and San Francisco, on earlier occasions, only strengthened my assumption.
Now I have learned about the background of this true internationalist, I still find his depictions of the USA the most spirited!
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By drcryer on October 18, 2013
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Really told a lot about Texas on my grandson's level. I would recommend this book to any child, especially if they can read.
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By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2013
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I liked this book because it gave the children I was reading it to an idea of what Texas is like.
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