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Tales Of A Texas Boy: Large Print Edition Paperback – Large Print, June 16, 2008
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The boy, of course, would not dwell on hardship, deprivation, or lack of creature comforts. From his point of view, he had regular chores to perform, a loving, fairly strict family to live with, and various spells of an interesting or exciting nature to experience.
These include adventures with snakes, a man who had a pet bear, a livestock auction, driving his father's Model A pickup truck, a wild jackass, various odd neighbors, going on an old-fashioned cattle drive, dogs, skunks, fishing, chickens, and his little sister, to name a few. Each story is preceded by a few sentences of authorial scene-setting--a nice touch--and a small black and white photograph, not credited or explained, but adding a pleasant visual accent to the pages.
The prose style has a countrified flavor, but not excessively so. Each story is well narrated, with the right details in the right place and usually a satisfying and appropriate conclusion.
Tales of a Texas Boy is intended to be a young adult book, but I see no reason younger children wouldn't enjoy it too, or adults, for that matter. I enjoyed it myself, and I am very far from a young adult. It reminded me of some of the stories J. Frank Dobie, the grand old man of Texas folklore, used to love.Read more ›
Dianne K. Salerni
Author of High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance
I wish I could find more really "good" books in large print for her without paying a fortune for them. It is little to ask to get to read for your entertainment and at 96, I sure want to help her enjoy her passion.
days gone by. We hear, in Eddy's voice, the song of the southern plains.
Spanning the younger years of Eddy's life, Tales of a Texas Boy is a rare
gem, preserving important memories in a wonderfully true narrative. A
lovely treasure for readers of any age. My children loved it as much as I did, and after we read it, I got right back onto Amazon and bought copies for both of my Grandpas.
One of the things I was worried about when I started it was dialect. I'm from the South and a lot of times when people try and write Southern Dialect it gets over done or comes across too "corn pone" and... it's either unreadable or makes the people sound like caricatures. This read well. I could hear the person in my head as I was reading it and it read like he was telling the story and it didn't ring false or made up or condescending or making fun of the South. It sounded like I felt like it should have. The dialect was handled well and respectfully and I think honestly. Huge kudos for getting written dialect right. That's tough to do.
The stories were well told and they were paced well. I liked the bear chasing the pig story. That's all I'm saying lest I be accused of spoiling. Fun story and I laughed out loud.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reading these tales makes you feel you are standing in back of the farmers and ranchers trying to get a glimpse between them at the events unfold. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Nadas
Gave this to my dad for his 95th birthday. He really enjoyed it. Reminded him of his boyhood.Published 11 months ago by K. Murray
Young Eddie tells us stories of his childhood. The simplicity combined with the acceptance of his every day and awe of his pretty wild times makes for a wonderful read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Anita Lewis
Purchased this for my elderly mom because of the large print option. She enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by Lisa T
I loved it because my 89 year old dad loved it! Christmas 2014 was the first time I thought to get large print books for him. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stands with Shovel