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This Is Texas Hardcover – February 21, 2006

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Series: This is . . .
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; 1st Edition (2nd printing) edition (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789313898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789313898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is absolutely precious. It has a lovely vintage quality to it that makes it an instant keepsake. I have a 2 year old niece in Chicago and I brought her this book on my last visit. She loved the beautiful illustrations.
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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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I love this book, and buy for all my Texas transplant friends' kids. Maybe better reading for an older child, but the look is so nice that it makes a good one to leave out in the nursery or playroom.
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I bought this book to send to my daughter's former school friends in London, so they could know about where she is from and where she moved back to. I quickly realized though, that although the seller's description says 5 years old and up, it's really for older kids. The kids this was intended for are 4 and 5, and I could even see some 6 year olds getting bored by the length of text. I liked the book, but I think it's for older kids. The artwork is wonderful, but the text is a little wordy for the younger kids, methinks.
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I lived in Texas for 3 years and while I was there all of the kids in my family wanted to know about the state and its culture. This became the perfect Christmas gift for all of them and they loved it.
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Miroslav Sasek wrote and illustrated many of these books of countries and places and I remember them from my childhood. They have been updated with notes in the back and the beautiful illustrations give a great feel for our big state. Humorous too.
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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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