From the Alamo to Ziller Park, Melmed and Lessac provide a tour of places to visit, people to know, and historic events to remember about Texas. Each entry begins with an eight-line poem with an impeccable rhythmic beat that slips off the tongue for reading aloud. The jaunty rhymes entice readers to explore the many facts scattered across the pages. Although these facts serve well to augment the informative poems, the small font size may be a bit daunting, especially for younger readers. Students who skip the introduction (also in overly small type) will miss Melmed’s declaration that the heart of Texas is its people. Each of Lessac’s letters cleverly reflects the words (two horseshoes join to make the Q for the Quarter Horse Museum). Her detailed and colorful folk art perfectly conveys the multicultural panorama of the second-largest state. A delightful map of Texas on the last page pinpoints the sites of each letter. Grades 2-4. --Patricia Austin
About the Author
Laura Krauss Melmed is author of Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, also illustrated by Frané Lessac; I Love You As Much . . . , illustrated by Henri Sorensen; and the critically acclaimed The Rainbabies, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
Frané Lessac is an American who has traveled all over the world. She now lives in Fremantle, Australia, but always looks forward to visiting Texas with her family. To bring the Lone Star State to life with gouache paints, Frané did extensive research using a video camera, a still camera, and actual and virtual tours. She is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Capital! Washington D.C. from A to Z and New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z, both by Laura Krauss Melmed.