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Did you know that eleven days before Fort Sumter, South Carolina, was fired upon, the Civil War had already begun in Texas?
From its beginning with the bloody Battle of Wilson’s Creek on August 10, 1861, to its end in surrender on June 23, 1865, the Civil War in the Indian Territory proved to be a test of valor and endurance for both sides. Author Steve Cottrell outlines the events that led up to the involvement of the Indian Territory in the war, the role of the Native Americans who took part in the war, and the effect this participation had on the war and this region in particular.
Anyone who has lived in the Southwest or grown up on dime-store Westerns, John Ford or roadrunner cartoons will probably understand the gist of that paragraph. So too will those who are comfortable with a well-worn saddle and knotted reins or who have tussled with dogies and teethed on alphabet blocks that spelled of their own accord: bronc and quirt and waddy. Hardcover.
In this new twist on the classic tale, the two cowboys help the mysterious man round up eight replacement longhorns. Together they hitch the cattle up to the odd gent’s wagon and see him on his way. The two cowboys trudge back to their shanty, where they discover the gifts the stranger has left them. Hardcover.
Children will delight in reading this clever rendition of the classic poem, and coloring in James Rice’s celebrated artwork of two lonely cowboys, Old Saint Nicholas, and the ornery Longhorns they must try and get to pull his sleigh.
Texas Jack, the long-eared jackrabbit, tells the story of how rodeos came about in this full-color book by author/illustrator James Rice. In this tale young readers learn about the three R’s: “ropin’, ridin’, and rasslin’.” Hardcover.
Howdy! For years, city dudes have been trying to move and fit in to the West, more often than not making fools of themselves in the process. Now there is hope for the unenlightened . . . hope that can be found in the pages of A Dude’s Guide to the West. It includes everything that you might ever need to know about how to be a true Westerner.
Who needs eight flying reindeer when Santa has a shiny red fire truck? It’s the Christmas Eve shift at Firehouse One, and all the firefighters are sitting down to bowls of hot chili when an old fireman stops by for a bite to eat. No sooner than it takes for the old man to finish his chili, the alarm sounds and the firemen have to leave to fight a fire. They work through the night and return, tired, and begin to ready their equipment for the next call. Hardcover.
Many flags have flown over Texas during its long history, from the emblems of the earliest Indian inhabitants to the Lone Star flag of today. This book traces the state’s turbulent history through the flags that have flown there, including the banner of Castile and Leon carried by the Spanish explorers, the French colors borne by La Salle, the Mexican flag, the Confederate Stars and Bars, the “Bonny Blue Flag,” and the famous Lone Star flag.
The daring exploits of Frank and Jesse James have fascinated America for more than a century. Myth and fact have meshed together to create a legend of monumental proportions. Paperback.
Feliz Navidad, amigos! Now for children of Spanish and English-speaking cultures there is a holiday story that tells the traditions of Christmas with a South-of-the-Border perspective. Perfect for classroom readings or family time around the tree, this bilingual tale is an entertaining introduction to life in a Mexican village. And it is the latest twist on C. Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas by nationally acclaimed children’s author and illustrator James Rice. Hardcover.
At age ten, María Montoya Martínez was stricken with smallpox. Near death, she lay limply in her mother's arms, unable even to swallow the herbal teas offered her. All the attempts to revive her seemed to have failed. Trying one last remedy, her aunt and mother filled the hearth with thick green cedar boughs and smoked the room, waving the fumes towards the sick little girl. María’s mother desperately prayed to Santo Niño, the children’s saint, promising that if María lived, she would send her on a pilgrimage to see him. María lived to make the pilgrimage and enjoy a long life. But she was forever marked by this event.
Texas Jack, a native jackrabbit, teaches the reader about significant Lone Star characters, historical events, and geography. In this illustrated volume, you’ll meet Davy Crockett, Ponce de Leon, Sam Houston, and other legendary characters. Rice’s rhymes run from A to Z, and Texas Jack remarks on each entry from the perspective of a highly perceptive jackrabbit. Hardcover.
Texas Jack, a long-eared jackrabbit, tells the story of the Alamo and the brave men who fought and died at the most famous battle in Texas history. Vibrant illustrations by James Rice bring to life the events of the struggle. In this tale you’ll meet Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Colonel William Travis, and the Mexican general Santa Anna. Hardcover.
How does Santa bring toys to Texan boys and girls? The answer unfolds in this variation of the Christmas classic.
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