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Johnny Texas Paperback – August, 1992
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One day, Dad comes home with a slave, a young black man named Tobias who seems eternally morose, because they need help on their farm. Soon, Dad decides to give Tobias his freedom; thereafter, Tobias is a much happier fellow. He puts his bill of sale (proof of freedom) in a leather pouch and wears it around his neck.
Later, Dad gets involved in the war for Texas independence, and readers are treated to a BRIEF recap of the Battle of San Jacinto, wherein Sam Houston routed the Mexican army and captured Santa Anna.
This is a good book for seven-year-old Texans because they will, if they have been properly educated, recognize much of the Texas history -- plus, it's a simple story organized into chapters, and serves as an excellent introduction to the world of literature.
I recommend this book to kids throughout the United States. Texas history is more interesting than the history of any other state, and everyone should learn about it.
I first read this book in the second grade. We had just moved to Texas for my father's military service, and I was feeling pretty lonely. My first little stack of books made me feel right at home. Johnny is a newcomer to Texas, too. He is from Europe (he is Czech, actually), and in this book and its sequel, we learn that Johnny and his family come through Galveston via the Harrisburg Stage. That is lots of fun for us Houstonians. Harrisburg is now just a street "inside the loop," but it was once a thriving community of its own. Johnny's family farms, learns to live in Texas, is anti-slavery.
In a sense, one could say the book is dated in the simple language and goals of the characters. But I believe that any adventurous child could enjoy this, and it also gives a pretty realistic view of Texas rural history.
I recommend for ages 7-12, depending on reading skill.
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Written like the author knew the characters and the setting personally. Good for kids to read.Published 1 month ago by Janet'
I loved this book since I was a child, but I had lost my only copy. I have not been able to find it in any bookstore anywhere. Finally found it on Amazon. Wonderful book.Published 4 months ago by Paula
I love Johnny Texas! I am in my 60's, but my 6th grade teacher read it to my class, each day for 30 minutes after lunch. I was hooked. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Evelyn Richesin
Reading is the magic carpet to anywhere. One of my fondest memories was in grade school at the beginning of the school year. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by L. Miller
Over 55 years ago, one of my teachers would read books to our class by reading one chapter each day. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Claudette Gray
My fault for not asking questions or reading the description close enough I guess. Great children's book. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by jeff schkade
Johnny Texas is a book published many years ago but is great for 4th grade age children who are studying Texas history. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by 1422ann