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This Is Texas Hardcover – February 21, 2006
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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.Read more ›
The clever and appealing verse and the charming illustrations make this series not only informative but also fun to read.
Now I have learned about the background of this true internationalist, I still find his depictions of the USA the most spirited!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Taking our 6 year old son to Texas on vacation this year (at his request to go to a dude ranch). This was a great book to inspire him.Published 16 months ago by Jenn Jo
It will be a gift for a Texas-born girl. who has moved to another state.Published 21 months ago by Best Nana Ever
I ordered this book for one of my great nephews. The series is great and a wonderful way for children to learn about cities, states, and countries around the world.Published 23 months ago by Susan Primelles
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!Published on May 27, 2014 by Amy L
Your state drools.
This book will help you and your children understand that.
I received this book just in time to take it as a gift to a baby shower. After inscribing it on the front page I realized that there was a large tear between the last page and the... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by m pearson