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August 12, 2008

Susanna of the Alamo

Susanna of the Alamo

Author: John Jakes

Illustrator: Paul Bacon     

Page Length: 36

Reading Level: 3

Genre: Non-Fiction           

PLOT SUMMARY: This is the story of the battle of the Alamo fought in San Antonio, Texas. The Texas army, made up of famous volunteers such as Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett, fought the huge Mexican army led by Santa Anna for 13 days.  But on the 13th day, Santa Anna gave the order to fight and leave no one alive.   Susanna Dickinson and her infant daughter were the only Anglo survivors.  They were released and traveled to warn General Sam Houston of the Mexican invasion.

REVIEW: This is a true an accurate account of the thirteen day battle of the Alamo.  Susanna Dickinson traveled courageously through Texas to share the story of the many who fought for Texas’ freedom.  It is believed that had she not survived, that the true story of the Alamo may never have been shared or the cry of “Remember the Alamo” familiar to Texans of all ages.

This book is an easy to read book which will help the lower level reader be able to competently comprehend the historical events.

This book could be used in an elementary study of Texas history or for the older student to read and write a report.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Sequence of Events, Texas History

RELATED BOOKS: Voices of the Alamo

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: “The Alamo” (2004)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/j/john-jakes/susanna-of-alamo.htm

www.harcourtbooks.com/bookcatalogs/bookpages/9780152005955.asp

www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/…/trc/2002/manual/elementary/waybackwhen.html

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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