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The Alamo : surrounded and outnumbered, they chose to make a defiant last stand
Tanaka, Shelley.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [2003]

Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 28 cm.
Provides a short history of the siege of the Alamo.
General Note:
"A Hyperion/Madison Press book."
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.1 1.0 77702.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6 5 Quiz: 34221 Guided reading level: X.
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F390 .T135 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F390 .T135 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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They were surrounded-and outnumbered twenty to one. For twelve days, the men, women, and children holed up inside the Alamo fought off attacks from the Mexican army. There was no help in sight and the odds were overwhelming. Finally, as morning dawned on March 6, 1836, the final battle was upon them. But they were determined to stand bravely and never give up the fight for Texas.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Tanaka sandwiches a blow-by-blow account of the final day of the renowned siege between a discussion of the rebellion's causes and an analysis of the battle's aftermath. Her view isn't superficial. The Alamo's defenders were certainly heroic underdogs, but even less reflective readers will see the merit in Tanaka's characterization of Santa Ana's position that the "Texian rebels and their American friends . . . were nothing but pirates and lawless foreigners who had fired on Mexican troops on Mexican soil." Tanaka also debunks some Alamo legends (Colonel Travis' famous line in the sand probably never existed), and she supplements her story with biographical close-ups of James Bowie, Santa Ana, Susanna Dickinson, and other significant figures. An array of maps, diagrams, and old photos enhances Craig's dramatic, detailed battle paintings. Pair this illuminating, engrossing look at our country's Thermopylae with John Jakes' powerful Susanna of the Alamo 0 (1986), or invite readers to immerse themselves even more deeply in the event with Jim Murphy's thorough Inside the Alamo 0 (2000). --John Peters Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-With covers designed to look like banner headline stories, these books about two formative days enhance American history lessons. Briefer than the "Sieges That Changed the World" series (Chelsea), these volumes are more visually appealing with simple prose, spreads that show diagrams of the respective battlefields, and a look at the inevitable legends that arose from the carnage. (Curiously, Stephen F. Austin, who continued his father's mission of encouraging Anglo colonization of the Mexican-owned land called Texas, merits no mention in the cursory look at the legendary last stand at the Alamo). Craig's full- and double-page paintings supplement archival photographs in these picture-book formatted slices of history. Sidebars and brief, age-appropriate lists for further reading help make the re-creations of each day a bit more accessible-and memorable.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.